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Joyce Newstat


Joyce Newstat is the Founder and CEO of Rocket Science Associates, a consulting firm with expertise in public policy, communications, media relations and fundraising.


Joyce spent most of the last 30+ years working in public policy and on national, statewide and local political campaigns. As Director of Public Policy, Joyce led the development of then Mayor Gavin Newsom's public policy agenda during his first mayoral campaign and first year in office – including same-sex marriage and developing assets and financial empowerment for low-income families.


Joyce was the Director of Attorney General Kamala Harris’ transition team and the Director of San Francisco Mayor London Breed's Policy Transition Team. She currently serves on The Council of the Holocaust Center of San Francisco, Groundspark, Futures Without Violence Leadership Council and on the Advisory Board of the Horizons Foundation.


Joyce holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University. She lives in San Francisco with her spouse Susan Lowenberg. Their daughter lives in NYC.