Mynga Futrell is a Sacramento-based activist and retired educator who is active in several fields. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Earth Science, M.S. in Natural Science and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Science Education.
In the civics arena, Futrell is co-founder (with husband, Paul Geisert) and director of the Brights movement, an organization set up to promote civic acceptance of the naturalistic worldview, and to encourage people who have a naturalistic worldview to participate in civic endeavors. She has served on the advisory board of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. In the education field, she is on the advisory council of the California 3Rs (rights, respect, responsibility) religious liberty project for teachers initiated by the First Amendment Center. She is also lead curriculum developer for Worldview Education: Teaching about Religion in Support of Civic Pluralism, a religion-neutral professional web resource for educators.
In the freethought movement, Futrell is vice-president and past president of Atheists and Other Freethinkers, and sits on the board of directors of the American Humanist Association and the Atheist Alliance of America.
She has been an educator at all levels of instruction, from an elementary open classroom through university professor. Futrell was a tenured Associate Professor at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She has also co-authored several books with her husband, including, The Well-Trained Computer: Designing Systematic Instructional Materials for the Classroom Microcomputer (1984), Teachers, Computers, and Curriculum: Microcomputers in the Classroom (1999), and Different Drummers: Nonconforming Thinkers in History (1999).