Leaders and Entrepreneurs: A @CapSciComm Networking Social on June 24th in Sacramento!


Join us for the Sacramento region’s only monthly meetup for journalists, PR pros, creatives, educators, and policy crafters interested in the sciences! And this June, we’re hosting a special event with local leaders and advocates:

Capital Science Communicators Networking Social
co-hosted by
New Leaders Council – Sacramento Chapter
UC Davis Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Kupros Crafthouse
1217 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Free to attend
Appetizers sponsored by UC Davis IFAL

RSVP to put your name on the “who’s coming” list: http://goo.gl/forms/DiCvigg0wj
Share with friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/440785706101991/


We are jointly hosting this month’s happy hour with the New Leaders Council – Sacramento Chapter. A national network spanning cities like Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C., the NLC mission is to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs. Its fellows and alumni cross party lines to lead new trends and build institutions that support civic and political life in communities across the U.S.

Locally, the NLC Sacramento Chapter (@NLCSac) has trained professionals now working in the California State Legislature, Office of the Governor, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Northern California World Trade Center, California High-Speed Rail Authority, and the American Heart Association—all institutions where science and technology research can shape policy and action. 

The leadership breadth and reach of NLC Sacramento members makes them a perfect partner for a CapSciComm networking social. A key mission of CapSciComm, after all, is to encourage the exchange of ideas and opportunities across all professions that intersect facets of science communication, and we believe that access to accurate scientific and health information is critical to steering our region’s revitalization.


Seeding our conversation on June 24th is our second co-host, the UC Davis Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy (IFAL)a group of graduate students, postdocs, and professors offering science-based information and education on food and agricultural biotechnology to journalists, consumers, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Representatives from UCD IFAL (@FoodAgLiteracy) will be on hand to discuss work at UC Davis and UC Berkeley tackling global issues in farming and agriculture, and communications perspectives surround food and ag biotechnology debates.

From NGOs to GMOs, is this month’s happy hour going to be a lively one or what?

As always, CapSciComm events are open to any professional or student who has an interest in advancing science literacy in the greater Sacramento community. Whether or not you work in a STEM field, we invite you to attend our networking socials! Come meet colleagues who work everyday to explain complex scientific concepts and news to diverse audiences—from classrooms to newsrooms to the Legislature—and brainstorm how you can spice up science for the constituents and orgs you work with!

Join the event on Facebook, and we can’t wait to see you all on June 24th!

Here’s a glimpse at who’s coming:

  • Ona Alminas (Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife)
  • Annie Chou (Communications Chair, NLC Sacramento Chapter)
  • Kelsey DeWaele (Growth Operations Associate, Arcadia Biosciences)
  • James Eldred @IrrelevPenguin (Science Reporter, Capital Science Communicators)
  • Vivian Ericson, PhD (CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow, California State Assembly)
  • Don Gibson @DNAgibson (Doctoral Student, UC Davis Department of Plant Biology)
  • Laura E. Gonzalez @L_AGonzalez (Account Executive, Imprenta Communications Group)
  • Ben Young Landis @younglandis (Science Communicator, U.S. Geological Survey)
  • Jane Mantey, PhD (CCST Science & Technology Fellow, California State Assembly)
  • Katie Mattesich (Alumni Chair, NLC Sacramento Chapter)
  • Leah Myers (Writer/Analyst, CDPH Office of Health Equity)
  • Stacey Pasco @StaceyPasco (Program Manager, UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing)
  • Chef Brenda Ruiz @SacFoodPolicy (Chair, Sacramento Food Policy Council)
  • Estevan Santana, PhD (CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow, California State Assembly)
  • Scott Sellars, PhD @DrScottSellars (CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow, California State Assembly)
  • Katie L. Strong @katielstrong (AAAS Mass Media Fellow, Sacramento Bee)
  • Olivia van Nieuwenhuizen (Major Regulations Analyst, California Department of Finance)

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