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2017 Speakers

Our inaugural march in 2017 featured some great speakers from a variety of backgrounds.

Tyler Valentine

Tyler Valentine is a student of color at the University of Washington studying Space Science and Applied Physics. There are two causes that he is particularly passionate about: increasing the number of minority students pursuing STEM degrees, and expanding humanity’s knowledge of outer space in hopes of colonizing the solar system. Listen to Tyler Valentine speak at the 2017 March for Science – Seattle.


Dr. Tracie Delgado

Dr. Tracie Delgado is an Associate Professor in Biology at Northwest University. Dr. Delgado is the first Latina ever to be granted tenure at her institution and is part of a group of cutting-edge scientists who are helping us shift the way that we fight viruses and cancer. Her work may lead to new forms of treatments in the next few years. Listen to Dr. Delgado speak at the 2017 March for Science – Seattle.


Representative Suzan DelBene

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Her district spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. With B.A. in Biology, she is a strong advocate for evidence-based policy.


Mayor Ed Murray

Ed Murray is the Mayor of the City of Seattle and a strong advocate for social justice and social equity. Mayor Murray is a committed advocate for neighborhoods that are safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable for all residents.


Jonathan Tweet

Jonathan Tweet is a local Seattle-area writer and game designer who uses popular media to communicate about science. His hit book, “Grandmother Fish,” lays out the story of evolution by means of natural selection on Earth in a fun and inviting way. He is also a proud father and leader in the local secular community.


Anne Egger

Dr. Anne Egger is an Assistant Professor of Geology at Central Washington University. In addition to her work on studying active tectonic environments, Dr. Egger works on helping students understand “how we know what we know” and “integrating the process of science into teaching.”


Shawn Cantrell

Shawn is the Northwest Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife and has spent 20 years advocating for wildlife and public lands conservation in the Pacific Northwest. His advocacy led to the federal Elwha River Restoration Act which removed two dams on the Elwha River, and he is currently focusing his efforts on habitat conservation for threatened northern spotted owls and marbled murrelets.


Michael Cox

An EPA official for more than 25 years with degrees in public health and toxicology. Prior to his retirement, he penned an open letter condemning the suppression of climate change policy and data by the new administration of the EPA. His story resonated within the scientific community, and has become a rallying cry for many who support open data and evidence-based policy.