Born in Burnaby, British Columbia and raised in the Pacific Northwest, David Valentine is a writer, woodcarver, musician, psychonaut, and conversationalist who specializes in internal culture change and community engagement at the Science Museum of Minnesota, though he has worked with various museums and cultural institutions. Having moved to Minneapolis in 2020, his current focus is on power sharing, dialogue, and collaboration with communities, seeking to subvert white supremacist culture in the organizations he works for and create fertile ground for genuine relationships to grow from. He is also currently a Community Science Dialogue and Deliberation Fellow for the Association of Science and Technology Centers.
David has founded, chaired, and been a member for various committees for inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, including the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium, the Seattle Center Racial Equity Cohort, and MASS Action’s Anti-Racism Community of Practice. He has also founded, participated in, or volunteered for cooperative screenwriting groups, musical collaborations, and community organizations. He utilizes his practices to focus on shifting personal perspectives and behaviors, balancing his focus between the self and the community. His work revolves around addressing or recovering from racial disparities and injustices in our society, and is in continuous development.