About Us

Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL) is a nationwide organization dedicated to increasing the local civic engagement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-trained professionals. ESAL was launched by scientists and engineers who have worked in public policy.

Core Beliefs

ESAL is driven by the core beliefs that:

  • STEM-trained professionals can contribute to their local communities in unique ways. This includes by providing technical expertise on specific issues and also bringing an inquiry-driven and evidence-based approach to problem solving.
  • Civic engagement is compatible with and can enhance a successful STEM career.
  • Communities thrive when all members participate and meet challenges together.


ESAL’s goals are to:

  • Increase the number of STEM-trained professionals who are engaged in local civic activities, including city and state government and community-oriented non-profit and volunteer organizations.
  • Provide resources to help STEM-trained professionals be more effective in local civic activities.

What We Do For You

ESAL helps you become more engaged in your city and state. Its central organization provides tools and resources, while ESAL chapters create and share specific opportunities related to their local communities.

Examples of what ESAL does for you:

  • Features experiences and ideas from STEM-trained professionals about ways to make a difference in your community.
  • Provides resources to help you become more effective in your local efforts.
  • Organizes events where you can meet local leaders, hear about the experiences of other STEM-trained professionals who are making a difference near you, learn about groups that need your involvement, and meet others from your community who are eager to become more engaged.

Get involved by attending an ESAL event, starting an ESAL chapter in your community, helping shape ESAL’s activities, or signing up to receive updates about our activities.