Co-Chairs

Valorie V. Aquino, MS  is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Conducting original research in archaeology and speleothem paleoclimate reconstructions, her work investigates the relationships between human societies and the environment and has been published in Science, Nature Geoscience, and Scientific Reports. Born in the Philippines, her family immigrated to the US when she was 6. Since that time, she has lived and worked in Ohio, California, Alaska, New Mexico, France, Canada, Belize, and Nicaragua.  

Caroline Weinberg, MD, MPH is a health educator and advocate with a focus on health literacy and access to care in low resource settings.   Over the last 15 years, her research has spanned a wide range of subjects, from the diagnosis of genetic diseases to the effectiveness of obesity prevention programs in New York City public schools.  Also a science writer, she has been published in many outlets including the Washington Post, Aeon Magazine, Lifehacker, and Eater.  

Jonathan Berman, PhD graduated with a BS in biology from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a PhD in physiology from SUNY Buffalo. A postdoctoral fellow, he studies the molecular origins of hypertension using approaches spanning from whole-organism physiology to single molecule biophysics.


Steering Committee

Joanna Segal-Spencer, MD, PhD is an endocrinologist and neuroscientist at the University of Michigan. Her scientific expertise is in behavioral endocrinology, and her research focuses on how severe medical illness can rewire the brain, leading to long-term changes in emotions and behavior. She has almost a decade of experience in leadership with the Endocrine Society, through which she has participated in advocacy efforts on behalf of the Society and the entire biomedical research community. 

Lucky Tran, PhD is a science communicator at Columbia University, a freelance science journalist, and an organizer based in New York City. He has worked as a postdoctoral scientist at Cornell, and completed his PhD in molecular biology at the University of Cambridge, where he studied how microorganisms produce antibiotics. Dr. Tran is a Vietnamese refugee and perpetual immigrant who grew up in Australia, and has roots in 5 different countries.  

David Koepsell, JD, PhD is an author, philosopher, attorney (retired), and educator whose recent research focuses on the nexus of science, technology, ethics, and public policy. He has provided commentary regarding science, ethics, society, religion, and technology on: MSNBC, Fox News Channel, The Guardian, The Washington Times, NPR Radio, Radio Free Europe, Air America, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Associated Press, among others.

Rosalyn LaPier, PhD  is an award winning Indigenous writer, ethnobotanist and environmental historian. She studies Indigenous peoples unique view of the natural world, in which natural science and religion intersect. She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana and Métis.

Sofia Ahsanuddin currently serves as Executive Director of the MetaSUB International Consortium and works as a Research Associate at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. As the Executive Director of MetaSUB, Sofia is leading an international research network dedicated to examining microbes in public mass transit systems in over 70 cities around the world. Sofia is a former TEDxCUNY Speaker, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI-U) Commitment Maker, Rhodes Scholarship Finalist, and Macaulay Honors College Class of 2016 Commencement Speaker.  

Stephani Page, PhD studies the coordination of nutrient stress pathways as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics from UNC. Stephani earned her BS in chemical engineering and MS in biology at North Carolina A&T State University. From the classrooms of elementary schools to the halls of Congress, she has displayed a dedication to science outreach and advocacy. Stephani is the creator of the #BLACKandSTEM community and continues to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in science.

 

 


Logistics & Operations

Kate York was most recently with the National Logistics Team of the Women's March on Washington, where she managed aspects of crowd flow and emergency preparedness as Marshals Co-Team Lead, as well as serving as director of the Day-Of Operations Command Center.  Previously, she was with the Operations team of Hillary for Virginia.  Kate has a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and environmentalism, having worked on organic farms in Virginia and New York, as well as having advocated for international environmental policy in DC.National.


Satellite City Coordinator

 

Kishore Hari is a science educator who specializes in producing innovative live science events. Currently, he’s the director of the Bay Area Science Festival, which is based out of the University of California, San Francisco. Hari hosts a weekly science podcast, Inquiring Minds, on Mother Jones and is the science correspondent for Adam Savage’s Tested.com. Kishore is a former chemist who previously founded an environmental services company that specialized in treatment and removal of mercury.  


Mission Strategy Lead

 

 

 

Kristen Gunther is a PhD candidate studying ecosystem management and ecology; she also holds an MFA in creative writing. Her research focus is on developing techniques for effective communication of emerging science to audiences of ecosystem managers and policymakers. She is interested in communication as a means to strengthen relationships between scientists, agricultural producers, and other stakeholder groups. As a writer, she has worked extensively with mission-driven institutions to develop core identity and value language. 

with Aaron Huertas, Beka Economopoulos, and Abigail Russo.

 


Diversity & Inclusion Committee Lead

 

Josue Caro is a Computational Biology PhD student who works in sensory information processing and machine learning.  He is also interested in the effect of science within social policies. 

with Rachael Holloway, Nicole Cartagna, and Julianne Rieders.


Partnership Outreach Co-Leads

Teon Brooks, PhD is a Tar Heel alum in psychology and linguistics, who completed his doctorate in cognitive neuroscience at New York University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. His research focused on understanding how the brain coordinates eye movements during reading. He is currently a Mozilla Science Fellow at Stanford University where he advocates for open science practices and works on developing open-source tools to allow fellow researchers to easily run and freely share their experiments.

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, PhD is a marine biologist and policy expert aiming to strengthen bridges among science, policy, and people. Currently, she is a strategy consultant for non-profits and foundations. Previously, she was executive director of the Waitt Institute, where she co-founded the Blue Halo Initiative and led the Caribbean's first successful island-wide ocean zoning effort. Her PhD research at Scripps Institute of Oceanography examined the ecology, economics, and sociology of how to sustainably manage coral reefs. She earned a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard, worked on ocean policy at the EPA and NOAA, was recently a resident at TED, and hails from Brooklyn.  


Technical Director

 

 

Adam Miller is a computer scientist, web developer, and software engineer at LinkedIn in the heart of Silicon Valley. He orchestrates a small team of brilliant developers to make development tools used across the company for iOS, Android and the web. On the side he co-directs a non-profit startup focused on making education funding readily available to all. His belief that technology affords us one of our most powerful platforms for social change has driven his investment in passion projects, like March for Science.


Creative Lead

 

 

Sloane Henningsen is a graphic designer and brand manager for a real estate and hospitality company in Columbus, Ohio. She maintains and creates visual aspects, advertising, and collateral design for the company’s six brands. It is her belief that a message is only as good as the vessel in which it is received and that the presence of clean, purpose-driven design is vital to the success of any entity. Some of the most important people in her life are scientists, and she truly appreciates the power that science has improve our lives.


Coordinator

 

Jennifer Redig, MCR, PhD is a scientist passionate about better science communication and public relations. She received her PhD in Molecular & Medical Genetics, and Masters of Clinical Research from Oregon Health & Sciences University. Her scientific expertise is human genetics and heart development. Currently she is a Managing Editor of a popular biomedical-science blog.


Logo Design

Bryan Francis is a Brooklyn based artist. He can be found on twitter @b_fry


We'd like to thank the hundreds of people who have devoted an unbelievable amount of time to making the March for Science a reality. 

An additional 50,000 people volunteered to help with the march and we hope to connect with all you in the coming months.