Board of Advisors


Founder of 314 Action, Chemist, Entrepreneur

Shaughnessy Naughton is an entrepreneur with a degree in chemistry and a passion for understanding the role of science in our everyday lives. With a background in research and drug discovery, Shaughnessy decided to get involved in politics because she is concerned about the future of science in the United States. In 2014, after running a business for over a decade, she stepped up to run for congress in Pennsylvania’s 8th District. With no prior political experience, other than phoning legislators and knocking on doors for campaigns, she faced an uphill battle, to say the least. 

Ultimately, Shaughnessy was not successful, but she did receive a tremendous amount of support from the scientific community. Through her campaign, she learned there are not enough people with scientific backgrounds in congress and that we see the effects of that in the attempted politicization of science, mocking of basic research and denial of climate change. This is not just bad for science, it is bad for our country. 

Shaughnessy founded to encourage and unite the scientific community to do more than just advocate for science, and to get involved in the political process. That means run for office, at any level, organize and call on your representatives to stand with science and to make your voices heard. Science is and always should be above politics. But too many politicians are taking on anti-science positions and we need to push back. The best way to do that is to ensure that like-minded, problem-solving engineers and scientists have a seat at the table. Join Shaughnessy and work to elect members of the STEM community and advance a pro-science agenda.


Distinguished Professor, Penn State University, and author of “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars”

Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center.

Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth’s climate system.

Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences  Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA’s outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012 and was awarded the National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation in 2013. He made Bloomberg News’ list of fifty most influential people in 2013. In 2014, he was named Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) and received the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education. He is a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society


Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education
Former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Graduate School of Education
Rutgers University

Dr. Warren Crown (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1977) spent thirty years of his career as a professor of mathematics education at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education in New Brunswick, New Jersey. While there, he worked primarily on the creation of mathematics curriculum materials for K-12 students and with the teachers who teach them. The work focused on experiences that promote active mathematics learning and that stress the importance of concrete and pictorial representations of skills and concepts. Dr. Crown still publishes these efforts in two media that he believes complement each other. He is the author of several major mathematics textbook series as well as many popular educational software programs.

Dr. Crown is also very active at the state and local levels in efforts to improve mathematics teaching and learning. He was the Associate Director of the New Jersey Mathematics and Science Coalition; was a key member of the panels that developed the original New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Mathematics in 1996 and the revision of those standards in 2002; and was co-PI of the NSF-funded FANS Project to support family involvement in the learning of mathematics and science.

Dr. Crown received the Graduate School of Education Alumni Association’s Distinguished Lecturer Award (2002), Award for Outstanding Teaching (1987), and Award for Public Service (1994) as well as the Rutgers Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service (1995).  He also was the 2006 recipient of the Max Sobel Award for outstanding service and leadership in Mathematics Education from the Association of Teachers of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey.

dr. Skip Fennell

Professor of Education, Former President of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell is a mathematics educator and has experience as a classroom teacher, a principal, and a supervisor of instruction. He is currently Professor of Education at McDaniel College and recently completed a 2-year term as President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Widely published in professional journals and textbooks related to elementary and middle-grade mathematics education, Dr. Fennell has also authored chapters in yearbooks and resource books published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In addition, he has played key leadership roles the Research Council for Mathematics Learning, the Mathematical Sciences Education Board, the National Science Foundation, the Maryland Mathematics Commission, the United States National Commission for Mathematics Instruction, and the Association for Mathematics Teacher Educators. Dr. Fennell recently served on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, chairing the Conceptual Knowledge and Skills Task Group.

Dr. Fennell has received numerous honors and awards, including Maryland's Outstanding Mathematics Educator (1990), McDaniel College's Professor of the Year (1997), the Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the CASE - Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year - Maryland (1997) and most recently, the AMTE Distinguished Outstanding Teacher Educator Award for Excellence in Service (2010). He has also been the principal investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and the ExxonMobil Foundation. He earned his bachelor's degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania before receiving a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Fennell resides in Westminster, Maryland.

Dr. Ingrid Oakley-Girvan


Dr. Oakley-Girvan has lived a life surrounded by science and math. Thanks to junior high and high school science mentors, caring teachers, and her family of scientists, she developed a love of learning and commitment to helping others.

As an undergraduate biology major at the University of Michigan, she co-authored her first research paper with one of her mentors and was recognized with an Order of Omega Honor Society Award for focus on community. Following graduation, Dr. Oakley-Girvan went ‘all in’ for STEM education and national service as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho where she served as a Science, math and health teacher. After returning to the U.S. she worked in the School of Nursing at UC San Francisco with pediatric cancer patients and conducted bench work in the lab to help develop a transdermal seasickness patch for a biotech company. She then attended Tulane University and received a Masters in Public Health from the School of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. During this time she was fortunate to be awarded a Tulane Dean’s Grant and a highly competitive student research grant by the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans to study breast cancer rates in the local area. During her Masters training she also secured an internship in the UCSF Cancer Epidemiology Department to explore rates of melanoma during pregnancy. This led her to a position at Stanford University in the School of Medicine conducting genetic and cancer epidemiology studies for ovarian, breast and prostate cancer.

In 2002 she completed her Ph.D. at Stanford in the School of Medicine. She was awarded her first independent funding by NCI just prior to completing her Ph.D. Since then she has conducted numerous funded projects documenting important areas to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life and gaps in care. She has combined behavioral interventions with biomarkers, genetics, epidemiologic data and multi disciplinary team science in order to more effectively evaluate disparities in cancer incidence and survival. Recently, she began working with biosensors and HIPAA compliant mobile platforms to improve delivery of health care data for meaningful and relevant clinical impact.

She has served as a co-President of an education foundation, successfully fundraised and initiated STEM education projects and acted as an Art Docent in her local community.

Dr. Oakley-Girvan is a peer-reviewer for several scientific journals, has served on the Stanford Cancer Institute’s Scientific Review Committee for Clinical Trials for more than six years, is a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute and the Canary Center at Stanford for Early Cancer Detection. She holds a primary research faculty appointment at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, and a Consulting Assistant Professor appointment in the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Health Research and Policy.

Dr. Oakley-Girvan’s greatest achievements in life are her two wonderful children. She has been married for over 20 years and has known her husband since middle school creating many memorable moments that keep them laughing.

As the Executive Director for PAC 314, she brings this breadth of experience, diverse perspective, and a collaborative and collegial leadership style to help fulfill the mission to elect Democrats with STEM backgrounds to some of our most important decision making offices that impact the future and direction of our country.

The New Republic heralded Joe Trippi as the man who “reinvented campaigning” – and he is widely recognized as one of America’s leading and most influential political strategists.
Born in California, Trippi began his political career working on Edward M. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1980. His work in presidential politics continued with the campaigns of Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Richard Gephardt, Howard Dean and, most recently, John Edwards. Trippi has run and consulted on numerous presidential, Senate, congressional, mayoral and gubernatorial races. Joe and his team pioneered the empowerment message and the online community tools that President Barack Obama used which inspired a movement of supporters and which has now become the basis for movement politics all around the world.

Joe Trippi

Founder and President, Trippi and Associates



PhD, Co-Founder, General Partner and Venture Partner at Phoenix Venture Partners

Dr. Frank H. Levinson Jr., Ph.D., is a Co-Founder, General Partner and Venture Partner at Phoenix Venture Partners. He has worked on more than 35 successfully granted fiber optics and technology patents, with more pending. He served as the Chairman of Finisar Corporation from August 1999 to January 2006. Dr. Levinson has been an Independent Director at Interlink Electronics, Inc. since July 2014 and serves as its Lead Independent Director. Dr. Levinson has been a Director at Fabrinet since 2001 and Sentinel Monitoring Systems, inc. since September 1, 2015. 

He is a technologist with experience in fiber optic components, communication networks, optical sensing and various parts of “clean tech”. He has 28 years track record of starting and building advanced materials-enabled companies in the information technology sector. He was the inventor on more than 40 patents in the areas of networking, optical communications and optical components. Dr. Levinson holds Ph.D. and M.S. in Astronomy from the University of Virginia in 1980 and a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Physics from Butler University in 1975.

DR. Randy friese

Professor of Surgery, Associate Medical Director for University of Arizona College of Medicine

Dr. Randy Friese was first elected to the Arizona State Legislature to represent Legislative District 9 in 2014. was one of the Trauma Surgeons who cared for the victims of the Jan 8 shootings.

As a state legislator, Dr. Friese was instrumental in adding Arizona to the National Violent Death Reporting System. This allows Arizona to gather, and share with the Centers for Disease Control, statistics concerning violent deaths in Arizona. This is an important first step towards finding real solutions to gun violence.

In 1986 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He was accepted into the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he graduated with his M.D. in 1990. Dr. Friese spent seven years at the University of Colorado Department of Surgery where he completed his surgical residency and Trauma Research Fellowship.

In 1997 Dr. Friese entered active duty military service with the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. For the next four years he served as a surgeon in Okinawa, Japan and Camp Pendleton, California.

After military service, Dr. Friese completed his Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Upon completing his fellowship he spent the next six years as a faculty member of the Surgery Department.

In 2008 Dr. Friese joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine as a member of the Trauma Team. In this role he is a Professor of Surgery where he trains young doctors, he is the Associate Medical Director and he is one of nine UAMC Trauma Surgeons that care for the injured in southern Arizona.

DR. eddie baron

PhD, George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Eddie Baron received his PhD in Nuclear Physics from Stony Brook University. He was a research associate at Steward Observatory and then a research associate at Stony Brook University. He has been on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma since 1990, where he is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Physics & Astronomy.

Kevork Abazajian

PhD, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Kevork Abazajian is an Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, and works on particle astrophysics and cosmology. In 2001, Kevork received his PhD at University of California, San Diego, working on neutrino cosmology and dark matter. Prior to coming to UC Irvine in 2011, Kevork was a postdoctoral fellow at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Los Alamos National Laboratory, and faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park.