Deborah Burney-Sigman, Ph.D

Executive Director

Deborah Burney-Sigman grew up in San Francisco. She earned her B.A. in Molecular Biology from UC Santa Cruz in 1994 and her Ph.D. in Biology from MIT in 2000. She joined her husband Matt in beautiful Salt Lake City in 2000. She left research and teaching in Cell Biology and Biochemistry to raise their children in 2003. Embracing Utah as her family’s home, she made the switch from being silently disturbed by its bouts of appalling air quality to taking action in 2007. In 2010, having found the company of folks bringing air quality field experience, political savvy, familiarity with nonprofits, and passion for the cause, Debbie helped to found Breathe Utah.
Air quality has similar complicated but logical rationales to biological systems, and Dr. Sigman is gratified to be involved in methodical problem-solving. With excitement for science education and avoiding partisan bias, she works with her team to open up bottlenecks in our community’s progress towards better air quality. Breathe Utah brings air quality education to 15,000 schoolkids annually in the form of science curriculum.

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