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.

Founding Director, 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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Associate Director, Planet Forward

Kim is the associate director and former 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...

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Sr. Editor & Education Lead, Planet Forward

Lisa Palmer is the National Geographic 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 scientific...

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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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Multimedia Editor, Planet Forward

Aaron Dye is a filmmaker and educator who works predominantly in experimental and environmental documentary. He is passionate about using film to cultivate awareness of issues regarding land use and management, as well as exploring different...

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