Annabelle Kleist joined CORE Districts in 2013, and as the Chief of Staff she provides operational, grant management, financial, and communications support for the organization.  Annabelle brings public policy, project management, and scientific expertise to the CORE team.  Previously, she was a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the California State Assembly and worked directly in a legislator’s office.  She also conducted scientific research and taught undergraduate laboratory classes while completing her PhD in Plant Biology at the University of California, Davis. Annabelle stays involved in the scientific community as an editor for an open access biology journal and a herbarium volunteer.

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