Staff can be contacted via email, using the first letter of the first name and the full last name, at geneticsandsociety.org. Thus, John Doe would be jdoe[AT]geneticsandsociety[DOT]org.
Click on the name of each program staff member to see their talks, articles, news and blog posts.
Marcy Darnovsky, PhD, Executive Director, speaks and writes widely on the politics of human biotechnology, focusing on their social justice and public interest implications. Her articles have appeared in The Nation, Democracy, Harvard Law and Policy Review, The American Interest, Alternet, Science Progress, The Journal of Life Sciences, Modern Healthcare, Contraception, Bioethics Forum, Tikkun and many others. She has appeared on dozens of television, radio, and online news shows and has been interviewed and cited in hundreds of news and magazine articles. She has worked as an organizer and advocate in a range of environmental and progressive political movements, and taught courses at Sonoma State University and at California State University East Bay. Her Ph.D. is from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Diane Tober, PhD, Associate Executive
Director, has conducted extensive research in topics related to
bioethics, reproductive technologies and commodification of the body, in
both the United States and the Middle East. Her research includes
ethnographic work on the sperm-banking industry, investigating issues
surrounding access to reproductive technologies and how lay perceptions
of genetics influence donor choice; kidney sales in Islamic Republic of
Iran; and the politics of family planning promotion and use among Afghan
refugees and low-income Iranians in Iran. There are numerous
publications of her work in scholarly journals and popular media. She
has taught courses in Anthropology at California State University, East
Bay and UC Berkeley. She formerly served as Executive Director for
Unique Zan Foundation, an organization focusing on promoting health and
literacy for women in and from the Middle East, and was Scholar in
Residence at the Beatrice Bain Research Group on Gender at UC Berkeley.
She received her doctorate in Medical Anthropology from the University
of California, Berkeley/UC San Francisco joint program.
Charles Garzón, Director of Finance and Administration, has over 15 years of experience working with public policy and advocacy organizations. Most recent, he has been associated with a progressive policy think-tank and legal defense fund located in New York City. He holds a Bachelor's in Politics and Sociology as well as a Master's degree in Political Science with emphasis in international relations.
Jessica Cussins, Program Associate, graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2012,
earning her B.A. with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Peace and Conflict
Studies. She has experience working for a non-profit organization in the
Bay Area addressing the issue of access to scientific education in public
schools. She is interested in the intersection of biotechnologies with social
justice, specifically in how assisted reproductive technologies and personal
genomics/ biobanks blur the line between
the personal and the corporate, and what the inequality that is currently
prevalent in the use of, access to, and
information about, biotechnologies will continue to mean for contemporary
society. She is interested in looking not only at what these issues mean for
individuals and their choices, but also at their broader societal consequences,
specifically in regards to racial, gender, and economic disparities.
Osagie K. Obasogie, JD, PhD, is Senior Fellow at the Center for Genetics and Society. He is also an Associate Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco with a joint appointment at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His writings have spanned both academic and public outlets, with journal articles in the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, and Trends in Pharmacological Sciences along with commentaries in Slate, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and New Scientist among others. He contributes regularly to CGS’s blog Biopolitical Times and is the former director of CGS’s Project on Bioethics, Law, and Society. Obasogie received his B.A. with distinction from Yale University, his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley where he was a fellow with the National Science Foundation.
Pete Shanks MA, attended Oxford University, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and moved to California in the mid-1970s. He has been active in a range of local and international political movements, while mostly making his living in the publishing industry, especially on the production side; he enjoys the craft of bookmaking. Appalled by the eugenic possibilities of biotechnology, he has worked with the Center for Genetics and Society since its earliest days. He is the author of Human Genetic Engineering: A Guide for Activists, Skeptics, and the Very Perplexed (Nation Books) and a regular contributor to Biopolitical Times.
Richard Hayes, PhD, is currently visiting scholar at the University of California at
Berkeley College of Natural Resources / Energy and Resources Group. He
was founding executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society,
serving in that role from 2001 through 2012. He has written and spoken
widely concerning democratic governance of
science and technology, economic inequality, and the need for social
of the new human biotechnologies. Hayes has been active in social and
political organizing since his student days at UC Berkeley in the 1960s.
In the 1970s he worked as a community organizer with a wide range of
progressive organizations. In the early 1980s he served as executive
director of the San Francisco Democratic Party and ran the electoral
field operations for the late Congressmembers Phillip Burton and Sala
Burton. From 1983 through 1992 he served on the national staff of the Sierra Club, first as assistant political director and
then as national director of volunteer development. In
the early 1990s he was chair of the Sierra Club's Global Warming
Campaign Committee. In 1999 he began the work that lead to the creation
of the Center for Genetics and Society in 2001. He holds a PhD in Energy
and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley.