AGU 2023 - Serving in Local Government as a Scientist

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For STEM professionals looking for new avenues to utilize their scientific expertise, service in local government presents a high impact opportunity. Whether it’s serving on a local board or running for public office, scientists can contribute technical knowledge and unique perspectives that can be instrumental in developing impactful policy solutions. This is particularly true as local decision makers often lack the scientific training critical to addressing issues in public health, the environment, emerging technologies and more. In this session, attendees will hear from a panel of Bay Area STEM professionals from who have been active members in local government, helping shape their communities for the better. Utilizing resources from Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL), attendees will also have the opportunity to develop their own action plan for local service, providing direction and concrete steps they can take as they aim to become more civically engaged.


Dr. Arti Garg

Founder and Chair

Dr. Kristopher William Larsen

Town of Nederland, CO

Dr. Flojaune Cofer

Candidate for Mayor
City of Sacramento

Michael Villafranca

Senior Specialist, Science Policy and Government Relations
American Geophysical Union


AGU Learning Sessions December 13, 2023 , 8:30 am - 10:00 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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