Andrew A. Grillo-Hill was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1997 as he graduated cum laude from Occidental College with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in biochemistry. In 2004 he completed a PhD in biology and biomedical sciences with an emphasis in neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis. Since then he has worked in science education first at the University of California San Francisco and then at WestEd, an educational research, development, and evaluation non-profit. His father, Alexander A. Grillo, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1971 as he graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in physics. He completed a PhD in 1980 from the University of California Santa Cruz with a specialty in experimental particle physics. He was first employed in the electronics industry of Silicon Valley for 13 years before returning to UC Santa Cruz. While employed as a research physicist and adjunct professor there, he served as the president of its Upsilon of California chapter of Phi Beta Kappa from 2012 to 2016.