Staff & Contact


Peter AbePeter Abe

Seattle MESA Director, was a MESA student in Mr. Ron Davis’ class at Garfield High School, where he was exposed to a transformative new world. His experiences in the MESA Program led him to The University of California, Berkeley where he earned a degree in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Quantum Mechanics. After finishing at Berkeley, he returned to Seattle and in 1999 I was hired as the Seattle MESA Assistant Director, a position that he stayed in for over five years. In 2004, he left MESA to get a Master’s Degree in International Energy and Technology Policy from Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, in Washington, DC. While in Washington, DC, he worked on issues related to technology and development in Africa, eventually moving to Uganda to open a tech incubator where he provided space and resources for recent graduates from a local university to learn about and work on renewable energy and IT projects. Now that he is back in Seattle, he’s thrilled to have the opportunity to lead an organization that has meant so much to so many young scientists and engineers, and to make sure that MESA students are prepared to pursue studies in STEM related fields, as they continue to be a part of what makes Seattle such a dynamic city.

Martha Flores PérezMartha Flores Pérez

Is Senior Coordinator, her many years of experience working at different schools throughout the Seattle Public School District are brought to Seattle MESA as she works directly to support teachers. She has worked with teachers and parents to help students in reading, math, and writing. She has also taught Spanish at the University of Washington (UW- Seattle), and recently graduated with a Master’s in Hispanic Studies. She did her undergraduate work in Spanish, English, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, also at UW. Martha enjoys working for Seattle MESA because, for her, learning never stops.  During middle and high school, she was a MESA student in South Seattle. Martha’s projects include In-Class Model, After school, Summer Programs, Teacher Professional Learning, MESA Day, Scholarships, and the Awards Ceremony.

BrianBrian Tracey
Is the Program Coordinator, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Brian adds more East Coast flavor to the group. He has a degree in Life Sciences from Rutgers University, with a concentration in marine science. With research projects that ranged from upstate New York to the western most borders of U.S. territory, Brian has extensive experience in marine and environmental science field work. Through his commitment to the dissemination of science information, he made his personal mission to be involved in science outreach, especially to underserved communities. Although hired in September of 2015, he has been a mainstay and lead volunteer with the program for over two years. One peek at his activities at the University of Washington, and it becomes apparent that he has a relentless dedication to the mission of MESA, and to social and education justice. Brian sits on the Executive Boards for both the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), and for the Black Student Union. He is also an integral member of the Diversity Committees for GPSS, the College of the Environment, and the University level, the Diversity Council. The list goes on, and on, but Brian is most excited to be a part of Seattle MESA and contribute to the enrichment of young minds. He graduated with his Masters in Marine and Environmental Policy. In his spare time, he is an urban ninja, social activist, and volunteer to various community programs.

Carerra Titus Kariuki- Seattle MESA Student AssistantCarerra Titus Kariuki

One of Seattle MESA’s Office Assistants, is a senior at the University of Washington- Seattle, Titus majors in Mathematics with hopes of venturing into finance, financial technology (fintech), software, or software entrepreneurship. He is an intellectual, a thinker, leader, and an optimist who loves seeing the silver lining in life. As a Seattle MESA Student Assistant, Titus helps with office logistics, delivering supplies to Seattle high schools, and teaching K-12 students STEM activities- all in an effort to inspire high schoolers to engage in STEM classes pre- and in college. For hobbies, Titus likes investing in the stock and crypto markets, learning about futuristic tech, playing the classical piano, and building his brand, Carerra’s Chronicles- a work in progress.

Breanna Valdez- Seattle MESA Student AssistantBreanna Valdez

She is also an Office Assistant and a bioengineering student going into her junior year, and would like to work on research and design of medical devices in the future. She is passionate about STEM and looks forward to learning how all the different scientific subjects come together to make up the interdisciplinary field of bioengineering. She has been involved in MESA since she was enrolled in community college, and worked for the program as the Lead Academic Excellence Workshop (AEW) Facilitator. In that role, she developed a curriculum regarding how to connect with others, run a workshop, and tutor complex STEM subjects. MESA also helped her with the transferring process from community college to university, and supported her through networking, internships, and scholarship opportunities. From working in MESA, Breanna enjoys helping students in STEM grow academically, and cherishes the opportunities that MESA also gave her. Breanna is excited to continue working for MESA in university to drive academic enrichment in underrepresented populations.