Denver March for Science Executive Board

Board President

Elisabeth Cohen

I remember encouraging my classmates at recess to look up at the clouds instead of playing on the swings.  I eventually became a meteorologist and was a lead volunteer for the march last year. My enthusiasm for sharing science continues today.  In the past, I’ve communicated science in various ways, for example I worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, as a climate and energy policy coordinator in the Utah Governor’s Office, and as a park ranger in Yellowstone. I earned a bachelor’s degree in the Science of Earth Systems and Atmospheric Science (Cornell), master’s degree in both Meteorology (U of Utah) and Public Affairs with a certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (Princeton U). I am thrilled to be leading the Denver March for Science. 


Director of Strategy

Samantha Lichtin

I am a writer, organizer, policy maker, and geologist dedicated to creating a truly sustainable and equitable world. After studying paleoclimatology at Yale, I returned back home to the Metro area and have since worked energy and environment policy for members of the Colorado House of Representatives, State Senate, and Governor’s Office. I am honored to serve on the Executive Committee of Denver March for Science and direct our efforts to bring science out of the lab and into our communities. When not encouraging other scientists to engage in public service, you might find me preparing tax returns with VITA, playing viola with the Denver Philharmonic, cooking up a storm, or curled up with a good book.


VP of Political Outreach

Kevin Hennegan

I am a microbiologist, molecular biologist and clinical strategist who works in the pharmaceutical industry consulting on new product development. I began volunteering with the March for Science because I believe good public policy goes hand-in-hand with good science, but too many elected officials have been ignoring science, resulting in bad policy. I feel it is my obligation, as a scientist and a citizen, to speak up when science is ignored, or worse yet, silenced.


VP of Community Outreach

Alex Leith

I am a recent graduate from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in physics. I have been a supporter of Denver March for Science since it began in 2017 and was drawn into the movement after seeing how evidence based policy was not being supported or proposed in our local government, or on the federal level.


Communications Director

Erik Clarke

Erik is currently an Analyst in the public sector and formerly worked as a budget analyst at the City of Denver, managing over $180 million in annual operational budget. He was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado Electrical Board as a Consumer Advocate. He’s active in philanthropy through the Mile High United Way and in the Central Denver community. Erik is a graduate of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs with a Master’s of Public Administration and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy.


Volunteer Coordinator

Zach Van Stanley

I am a librarian in Hudson, Iowa, and co-founder of the environmental video game company Abaca Games. I have a passion for learning, and I believe that science is a tool to help us understand the world in a rational way, to see it closer to how it really is. I believe that good decisions are made using evidence, which is why I joined the MFS. My greatest joy is helping other people to learn. My favorite quote is “Prove me wrong.”