Our Staff


Planet Forward engages young people to share the stories of innovators and solutions to the biggest challenges facing our planet. Through media, teaching and convening we empower new voices and elevate compelling ideas. This is the team that makes it happen on a daily basis.

Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward

Frank Sesno loves stories. He's been telling them all his life. In high school, through his student newspaper. In college, on the radio. In his 21 years with CNN, through pictures, interviews, and documentaries. As CNN White House...

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Executive Director, Planet Forward

Daniel Reed is on a mission to move the Planet Forward through powerful, inspiring stories.

He is executive director of Planet Forward, leading the team and project since 2013 and has served the GW community for more...

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Education and Outreach Lead, Planet Forward

Lisa Palmer is the National Geographic Visiting Professor of Science Communication at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. At Planet Forward, she leads education and outreach programs with the goal of improving...

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Director of Academic Adventures, Planet Forward

Dr. Imani M. Cheers is an award-winning digital storyteller with a passion for moving the planet forward. Dr. Cheers is originally from Chicago but grew up in post-apartheid South Africa. That's where her love for the environment...

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Senior Managing Editor, Planet Forward

Kim is the senior managing editor for Planet Forward. She joined the team as temporary help for the 2015 Summit and quickly decided she just wasn’t going to leave because she fell in love with the team and the project. Thankfully, Planet Forward...

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Digital Content Producer & Assistant Editor, Planet Forward

Victoria is a writer, editor, and videographer who enjoys exploring all modes of storytelling. A lifelong lover of the natural world, her interest in climate centers on grassroots movements, environmental justice, food systems, and conservation....

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Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Planet Forward

Tevon Blair is a strategic, dedicated, and outcomes-driven communication professional with a demonstrated success in developing key concepts, which increase the engagement and brand of an organization. He uses his background in communications and...

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