AGU 2023 - Science for Community Progress: Advising Local Government as a Scientist

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As local governments grapple with increasingly complex policy challenges, the role of science (and scientists) in driving evidence-based solutions is a growing imperative. This creates a valuable opportunity for STEM professionals to contribute their expertise to their communities, providing insight on topics ranging from community health to environmental justice. Yet, taking the first steps toward local engagement may appear daunting, particularly as many scientists are not provided such guidance during their scientific training. In this session, participants will engage with STEM professionals who have leveraged their scientific expertise to inform local policy, driving progress toward a healthy, sustainable, and equitable San Francisco Bay Area. Attendees will then have the opportunity to put their newfound knowledge into practice, utilizing resources from Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL) to identify local engagement in their communities, such as through public comment or ballot measures.


Cynthia Prieto-Diaz

Engagement Volunteer

Dr. Jake Pasner

Research Data Specialist II; Events Volunteer
California State Water Resources Control Board; ESAL

Dr. Laura Feinstein

Sustainability and Resilience Policy Director
San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association

Dr. Michael Villafranca

Senior Specialist, Science Policy and Government Relations
American Geophysical Union


AGU Learning Sessions December 12, 2023 , 10:20 - 11:50 am PT
Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing local government and community engagement by people with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Subscribe to our newsletter for notifications of future events.
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