Leadership/Staff

Ezra Bristow

Event and Communications Coordinator
Ezra received a BA in Studio Arts at Trinity College and studied Visual Arts and Communication Studies at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2015, Ezra pivoted from visual arts to performing arts when he became one of the principal dancers and volunteer social media & marketing manager for SambaFunk! Carnaval Explosion, an Oakland-based nonprofit arts organization. Over the last five years, Ezra has supported live and virtual performances, fundraising campaigns, and events with companies and organizations like the National Institute for Mental Illness, LiveNation...

Megan Collins

Program Manager
Megan Collins is a higher education administrator and researcher. Prior to joining IGS in 2021, she was the research project manager of The Shift Project at Harvard Kennedy School, a survey-based research project focused on secure scheduling at large U.S. service-sector firms. Before joining Shift, Megan worked at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley, first as a research assistant with the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, then as a program assistant and contracts and grants manager supporting cross-disciplinary faculty research. Megan is co-editor of ...

Mark DiCamillo

Director
Berkeley IGS Poll

Mark DiCamillo is director of the Berkeley IGS Poll, a non-partisan survey of California public opinion on matters of politics, public policy and public affairs conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) at UC Berkeley. Working under IGS co-directors Eric Schickler and Cristina Mora, he is responsible for overseeing the design and execution of each poll, as well as preparing reports and press releases summarizing its findings to the news media. DiCamillo has been actively involved in...

Dawn Geddes

Administrative Manager

Dawn Geddes is the Administrative Manager at the Institute of Governmental Studies. After studying English literature with a focus on Britain between the world wars, Dawn designed and managed wardrobe for theater and television, worked as a fiction editor, and produced and managed prominent e-commerce websites. She joined UC Berkeley in 2007 and IGS in 2019.

Jordan Gerner

Government Information Collection and Circulation Specialist

Jordan Gerner joined IGSL on November 21, 2022, as the Government Information Collection and Circulation Specialist. Jordan joins us from the Palmer College of Chiropractic Library on the Palmer West Campus where he managed circulation and reference services. Here at IGS, he will be managing circulation, processing and cataloging archival materials, and assisting with the Library's local government digitization project. Jordan has a BA in film studies from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He is currently writing a screenplay.

Kris Kasianovitz

Library Director

Kris comes to IGS from the Stanford University Libraries where she was the Government Information Librarian for State, Local and International Documents and managed the Social Sciences Resources Group from 2017-2021. Prior to Stanford, Kris was the State and Local Government Information and Non-governmental Information Librarian at UCLA’s Young Research Library from 2001-2011. She received her M.S.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2002, and was the recipient of the...

Paul King

Library Supervisor and PPIC Coordinator
Paul King is the Circulation Supervisor and PPIC Coordinator for the Institute of Governmental Studies Library. In addition, he serves as reference staff and a technical services professional. Paul studied political science at Evergreen College in Olympia, WA.

Luka Marks

Purchasing and Administrative Coordinator

Luka Marks is a Bay Area native and a recent UC Berkeley Graduate. Luka graduated with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Human Rights Interdisciplinary from Berkeley in 2022. Prior to joining IGS, Luka was working as a research assistant for IGS Co-Director, Cristina Mora, on her research relating to trust and race within government perspectives. Luka also worked as a Sexual Health Educator within the UC Berkeley health center as well as volunteered with the organization, Freedom for Immigrants throughout the East Bay. Interested in expanding her knowledge of research and public service,...

Robert Toyama

GS Library Cataloger

Robert Toyama is the IGS Library’s part-time cataloger. He is responsible for creating metadata and bibliographic records to make the library’s collections discoverable in UC Library Search. He is also the Cataloging Coordinator at the Ethnic Studies Library, processing library materials for the Asian...

Christine Trost

Executive Director of IGS, and Director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics & Public Service

Christine Trost is Executive Director of IGS and Director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, a component of IGS that seeks to interest undergraduates in public service through internship programs, public events, and the presence of distinguished visitors on campus. Christine received her Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley and spent much of her graduate career at IGS, sharing a carrel, attending afternoon tea, and working as a research assistant. After completing her degree, she taught courses in American Politics at UC Berkeley...