Scientist Sentinels: Civic Engagement & Leadership Program 2020 Cohort Announced

Contact: Amanda Stanley, COMPASS Executive Director,

Today, COMPASS is excited to share that 15 outstanding science leaders will be coming together this April for the second cohort of Scientist Sentinels: Civic Engagement & Leadership Program.


These passionate and dedicated natural and social scientists span many geographies, identities, communities and disciplines—from Pennsylvania to California, environmental health to conservation biology, graduate students to professors to professionals. They all share a drive to champion the role of scientists as pillars of a thriving society and to use their science to improve the well-being of people and nature.


To learn more about each of them, please download their bios here.


"This is a highly competitive program, and we were overwhelmed by the caliber of applications we received," said Dr. Amanda Stanley, COMPASS Executive Director. "These outstanding scientists are modeling new ways of doing science—purposeful, inclusive, engaged, and solutions-focused—and we are thrilled to support them through the Scientist Sentinels program."


In March, the 9-month leadership program kicks off with initial webinars designed to introduce the cohort to the environmental policy landscape and jumpstart exploration into their own engagement pathways . In April, the cohort will come together for a 3-day in-person retreat to connect to their purpose, practice strategic communication and leadership skills, make connections to drive change, and begin to build an inspiring, lasting network of support. Throughout the program, COMPASS will bring in experts and leaders from the environmental community and beyond to provide guidance, motivation and encouragement to the cohort. COMPASS's Assistant Director of Policy Engagement Heather Mannix and Deputy Director Karen McLeod will be leading the retreat with Pamela Chiang of Chiange, Inc., and Joanna Nadeau of the Union of Concerned Scientists.



To learn more about the program and the 2018 cohort of Scientist Sentinels, please visit here and here.

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