About Advocate Science
We convert passion for science into an impactful force by facilitating spaces for engagement amongst scientists, science supporters, community leaders, and elected officials.
About Us: After the March
AdvocateScience strives to focus on local and regional issues using processes we hope will be replicable in other areas. In the Research Triangle, we are known for our entrepreneurial spirit; therefore, it is fitting that this is the first of what we hope will be many AdvocateScience locations.
We are in the process of developing our initial strategies and “inreaching”– utilizing the energy of the Raleigh March for Science to connect with supporters. Please register for updates.
Andrew Blum is promiment in STEM fields as a Big Data Architect. He has advised and assisted both government and Fortune 500 companies in engineering data pipelines that format vast diverse data sets into actionable intelligence stores. In addition, Andy has been active in the fight for reason to be applied to our political debates. He is currently serving as president of AdvocateScience, which is the financial sponsor of the March.
Chase DebnamVP of Finance
Chase Debnam is an accountant at UNC – Chapel Hill where he sees daily the impact federal and state support for scientific research has on the lives of North Carolinians and beyond. He brings to the march experience fundraising for non-profit organizations and a conviction that the government and scientific community can work in tandem to improve the public good. His other interests include piano, fiction writing, LGBTQ politics, and dogs. He lives in Carrboro where he serves as treasurer for the non-profit organization AdvocateScience.
John CooperJohn grew up in rural western North Carolina, and has a lifelong love for preserving the beauty of our environment. He values curiosity, adventure, contemplation, and precision, which is why he entered scientific endeavors. He is a Wofford College alum who is currently a third-year medical student at UNC School of Medicine, will be entering the US Navy as a physician in 2018, and plans a career in public health and research. He believes strongly in the ability of science to transform lives, and is also acutely aware of the challenges that come with emerging innovation. He cares deeply about public health, scientific freedom without outside intervention, open access to scientific results, and maintenance of public funding for the grueling and unprofitable work of basic research. John has a wonderful wife, and marches because he wants to enhance the future for their adorable 2-year-old son, as well as the rest of the state, the country, and the world.
Jenna GoldsteinJenna is a freelance graphic artist and web designer that has served the triangle area (and beyond) for the past ten years. Her background also includes a degree in child development, and the intersection of art, science, and education is of particular importance to her. She has been passionate about science and the creative arts since childhood, and believes that not only are they beautiful together, they often depend on each other. Her young child wishes to be a scientist when he grows up, and she hopes for a world where scientific discovery and progress is not hindered. She is also passionate about the environment, social justice issues including LGBTQIA and marginalized groups, intersectional feminism, and society/culture. She loves hiking, writing sci-fi/fantasy, painting, gardening, and cooking.
Keep the momentum going by being a champion for science-friendly public policies in North Carolina.