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.