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.


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. 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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Dr. 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. 

Kim Cobb’s research uses corals and cave stalagmites to reconstruct tropical Pacific temperature and rainfall patterns over the last decades to millennia.  She received her B.A. from Yale University in 1996, and her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 2002.  She spent two years at Caltech in the Department of Geological and Planetary Sciences before joining Georgia Tech in 2004.  Kim’s research has received numerous awards, most notably a NSF CAREER Award in 2007, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2008, and a Sigma Chi Best Paper Award in 2013. She sits on the AAAS Climate Science Panel, the international CLIVAR Pacific Panel, and the international PAGES-CLIVAR Intersection Panel.

DR. Kim Cobb

ADVANCE Professor for the College of Sciences, Georgia Tech

Dr. Jacquelyn Gill

Assistant Professor of Paleoecology & Plant Ecology, School of Biology and Ecology and Climate Change Institute, University of Maine

Jacquelyn Gill holds a joint appointment in CCI and the School of Biology & Ecology. As a paleoecologist and biogeographer, she is interested in using the natural experiments of the past to inform conservation in the Anthropocene. Jacquelyn applies an interdisciplinary approach combining paleoenvironmental reconstructions from lake sediments, modern field ecology, and modeling.  Research in the Gill Lab focuses on climate change, extinction, and biotic interactions through time, from species to communities to ecosystems. Current projects include 1) the causes of novel plant communities and ecostystems in North America at the end of the last ice age, 2) the ecological consequences of the extinction of Pleistocene megaherbivores, 3) the conservation lessons of climate-driven extinctions in the last 2.5 million years, 4) the sensitivity of penguin-vegetation relationships to abrupt climate change in the Falkland Islands, and 5) the ability of New England plants to keep pace with climate change.