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2023 Crosscut Festival Speakers

Yoshitaka Ota

Director, Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, UW

Connie Anthony

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Seattle University

Angela Jones

Director, Washington State Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Rebecca Wallace

Assistant Superintendent, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Kelvin Dankwa

Mentoring Program Coordinator, African American Male Achievement, Seattle Public Schools

Julian Saucier

Drug Policy Advocate, lived experience SURSA Committee Member, Criminal Justice Reformer

Chirag Shah

Professor of Information and Computer Science, University of Washington

Jesse Schell

CEO, Schell Games; professor of entertainment technology, Carnegie Mellon University

Marc Summers

Host, "Double Dare" on Nickelodeon and "Unwrapped" on Food Network

Danni Askini

Executive director, Gender Justice League & Trans Pride Seattle

Judith Arcana

Writer, member of Chicago's pre-Roe underground abortion service

Rachel Belle

Host & creator of Your Last Meal, a James Beard Award Finalist for Best Podcast

Darcy Jaffe

Senior Vice President, Safety and Quality, Washington State Hospital Association

Michael Cohen

Host of the Mea Culpa Podcast & NYT bestselling author of Revenge

Carl Zimmer

New York Times columnist & author of 14 books on science

Heidi Roop

Director of the University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership

Jennifer Doudna

Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley

Oren Etzioni

Professor Emeritus, University of Washington & founding CEO of the Allen Institute for AI

Michael Barbaro

Political journalist with The New York Times and host of the podcast, The Daily