Guest Speakers

The March for Science Livermore is excited to host the following scientists and science enthusiasts who share our mission to champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.

Speeches will begin at 1:00 PM on the Livermore High School football field.

Speakers will be speaking in the order listed below.

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Mayor John Marchard

Mayor of Livermore

Mayor Marchand worked for decades as a scientist specializing in Water Quality before becoming Mayor of Livermore.  With his degree in Biological Sciences, Mayor Marchand started his career teaching marine biology and estuarine ecology.   Later, he worked for over thirty years as a drinking water quality chemist, specializing in microbiology, organic chemistry and distribution system trouble-shooting.  He has co-authored three books for the California-Nevada Section American Water Works Association, having served as Chairman of the Water Quality Division.   He served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Marine Science Institute and is a founding member of the Small Systems Inter-Agency Outreach Committee.

Mayor Marchand served for 15 years as a Board member, twice president, of the Zone 7 Water Agency.  He served 6 years on the Livermore City Council before being elected Mayor in 2011. Mayor Marchand was relected in 2014 and 2016, running unopposed.   He believes that his background in the sciences gives him a rare perspective for problem solving in the political arena.

Marchand spoke to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the International Colloquium in Moscow in 2012 when element 116, Livermorium, was named for his City, one of only six cities in the world to share that honor. 


Dr. Kim Budil

Vice President for National Laboratories at the University of California

Kim Budil is the Vice President for National Laboratories at the University of California Office of the President. She is the lead executive for the University’s oversight of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). She serves as an Executive Committee Governor on the Boards of LLNS, LLC and LANS, LLC the managing companies for LLNL and LANL. She served twice as a detailee in Washington, DC, most recently in 2009 spending nearly 2 years as a Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Science at the Department of Energy. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Science from UC Davis and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kim has been a vocal advocate for women in science, serving on the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and has participated in or led a number of site visits to assess the climate for women in physics at national labs and academic institutions. She participated in two International Conferences on Women in Physics, leading the U.S. delegation to the 2005 conference in Brazil. She was also active at LLNL in helping to organize a number of technical women’s conferences and participating in the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women’s Association.

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Ms Jessica Carroll

Cellar Master, Big White House / John Evan Cellars Winery

Jessica Carroll is originally from Salinas, CA and graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Portland. After school she moved to the East Bay where she worked as a transportation engineer
for over six years and maintains her license as a Professional Engineer. She started working part time at Big White House Winery on weekends for fun in 2011.  This expanded her passion and knowledge of
the vast world of wine. With her engineering background she grew more interested in the science and art of winemaking - she was hooked. Jessica made the switch, and has now worked full time at the winery
for three years as Assistant Winemaker.


Ms Dona Crawford

Associate Director Emeritus, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

President, Livermore Lab Foundation

Dona L. Crawford recently retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a science and security laboratory, after having served as Associate Director for Computation for 15 years. In that capacity she led the laboratory’s high performance computing efforts, one of the premier computing centers in the world. Prior to her LLNL appointment in July 2001, Ms. Crawford was with Sandia National Laboratories since 1976, serving on many leadership projects.

She is currently the President of the Livermore Lab Foundation, a 501(c)(3), whose mission is to promote the philanthropic engagement of informed, highly motivated donors to advance promising scientific research, technology development and educational endeavors at LLNL. Ms. Crawford has served on advisory committees for the National Research Council and the National Science Foundation. She Co-Chaired the Council on Competitiveness High Performance Computing Advisory Committee, and Co-Chaired the CRDF Global Board. She is a Board member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, a member of the Strategic Research Advisory Council at Purdue University, and a member of the California Council on Science and Technology, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).


Dr. Jay Davis 

President Emeritus, Hertz Foundation

Jay Davis is past president of the Hertz Foundation. He is a nuclear physicist trained at the Universities of Texas (BA ‘63, MA ‘64) and Wisconsin (PhD ‘69). Davis enjoyed a three-decade career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). In 1988, Davis founded the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry. At the time he left LLNL to join the Department of Defense in 1998, he was the associate director for Earth and Environmental Sciences. In the national security component of his career, he worked to develop techniques for arms control treaties, was a senior member of the NEST program, served as an inspector in Iraq for UNSCOM after the First Gulf War, and then served as the founding director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).  

Among his honors are Phi Beta Kappa and Junior Fellow at Texas, an Atomic Energy Commission Postdoctoral Fellowship at Wisconsin, and being twice given the Distinguished Public Service Medal, DoD’s highest civilian award. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has served on its Panel on Public Affairs. He has chaired the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences and served on numerous APS and NAS study panels. He has served on the Board of Distinguished Advisors for the American Committees on Foreign Affairs and the Institutional Review Board of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In Livermore he has chaired the Board of Directors of the Livermore Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Boards of Innovation Tri-Valley and the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.  Married to Mary McIntyre Davis for fifty-three years, he has two grown children, four grandchildren, and happily operates a small Livermore vineyard, producing Petite Syrah grapes for boutique winemaking under the private label that was his Lab nickname, “Talking Bull.”


Mr. Sanjay Subramanian

Founder ExplainData Inc

Sanjay Subramanian, Bachelors in Technology (Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India ) has been a successful data analytics wrangler for over ten years executing Hadoop, Hive and NOSQL projects at Coremetrics (now IBM), SmartZip Analytics and Nextag. Presently he started ExplainData Inc.( a data science and machine learning consulting company. Sanjay designed and dedicated an IOS app - MedicalSideFx - to the community that allows users to search and compare adverse events of medicines( His other passions include guitaring, singing and photography. Trivia : Sanjay dreamt early and built ethanol based alternate fuel engines back at college in 1987 but never got funding and scholarships from any universities who thought he was wasting his time!

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Mr. Tim Sbranti

Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Eric Swalwell

Former Mayor of Dublin

Tim Sbratni is a Tri-Valley local who has served his community for almost 20 years. After leaving the area for a B.A in Government and minors in History/Communications at CSU Sacramento, he returned to the Dublin Unified School District as a teacher after spending many years there as a student. After years in the classroom, he successfully ran for Dublin City Council in 2002. After a short term, he returned in 2006 and ultimately was elected as Mayor in 2008 – a term that he served until 2014. As a teacher, City Council Member and Mayor, he was a champion for STEM education. Presently, Tim plays an important role in local and federal politics as the Deputy Cheif of Staff to 15th Congressional District representative Eric Swalwell, who was a member of the Science Committee for 4 years. This district includes portions of Hayward, Pleasanton, Fremont, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon.