Our Team

Sam Myers

Director

Sam Myers works at the intersection of human health and global environmental change. He is a Principle Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Contact: pha@harvard.edu
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Carlos Faerron

Associate Director

Formerly the PHA's Education Fellow, Dr. Faerron now serves as the Associate Director of the PHA and is the co-founder and current director of the InterAmerican Center for Global Health (CISG). He is also an Assistant Professor and Director of Global Health Programs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Graduate School.

Contact: pha@harvard.edu
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Marie Studer

Senior Program Manager

Marie Studer is the Senior Program Manager of the Planetary Health Alliance, overseeing the strategic visioning, external relations, and program operations for PHA. She is a scientist with a passion for connecting people with meaningful and creative explorations of the world that are relevant to them and our future.

Contact: mariestuder@g.harvard.edu
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Max Zimberg

Community-building and Outreach Coordinator

Max Rose Zimberg is the Community-building & Outreach Coordinator of the Planetary Health Alliance, working to grow the planetary health community of practice through global education and public outreach efforts, thematic and regional initiatives, and strategic expansion of the PHA's mission and membership. She graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a dual B.A. in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species and Sustainable Development and research focus in equity-based systems thinking, food systems sustainability, and public health.

Contact: maxzimberg@g.harvard.edu 
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Joanna Wagner

Community Building Coordinator

Joanna Wagner is the Community Building Coordinator with the Planetary Health Alliance, where she provides administrative and communications support for all aspects of PHA programs. Before joining the team at the Planetary Health Alliance, Joanna graduated from Boston University’s Kilachand Honors College with a degree in International Relations and Environmental Analysis & Policy. In her spare time, she is pursuing her MLA in Sustainability Studies through Harvard's Extension School.

Contact: joannawagner@g.harvard.edu 
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Jeremy Pivor

Senior Program Coordinator

Jeremy Pivor is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Planetary Health Alliance. For over a decade, he has worked in environmental conservation, international climate change diplomacy, and public health. His conservation efforts have brought him around the world from the United States, Madagascar, the Sargasso Sea, the Coral Triangle region in Southeast Asia, to Indonesia Borneo. He cherishes working with and bridging partnerships with organizations from the local to international scale.

Contact: jeremypivor@g.harvard.edu 
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Ella Whitman

Research & Knowledge Strategy Intern

Ella is the Research & Knowledge Strategy Intern at Planetary Health Alliance. Currently, she is a third-year undergraduate student at Boston College, studying Global Public Health. Discovering the unique web of social, economic, environmental, and biological factors that drive community health outcomes piqued her interest in planetary health. At the PHA, Ella strives to enhance representation and reciprocity in planetary health research to devise strategies for health promotion and disease prevention. She is most passionate about achieving global health equity by addressing human-caused environmental changes.

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Arielle Blacklow

Communications and Member Engagement Intern

Arielle is the Communications and Member Engagement Intern at Planetary Health Alliance. She is an undergraduate at Harvard College studying environmental engineering and public policy with a focus area in environmental justice. She has led and supported education, advocacy, and research efforts pertaining to environmentalism and health through Harvard Undergraduates for Environmental Justice (HUEJ), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Camp Kesem.

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Kayla Warner

Clinicians for Planetary Health Intern

Kayla Warner is the Clinicians for Planetary Health Intern (C4PH). She is currently working on her Master of Public Health at the Oregon State University. She also works full-time as a faculty member with Oregon State University in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Her current passion is working within community food systems to improve food security and increase equitable food access to prevent chronic diseases. She uses collective impact and community collaboration to identify solutions that address how social determinants of health (SDOH) create barriers to healthy food access.

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Fellows

Melvine Anyango

Next Gen Fellow

Melvine Anyango Otieno is a 2019 Planetary Health Campus Ambassador turned PHA Next Generation Fellow, working to inspire, activate and convene the next generation of planetary health campus ambassadors from around the world, as well as conduct outreach to facilitate local and international collaborations through her leadership in growing the Planetary Health Eastern Africa regional hub. She attained a BSc in Environmental Biology and Health and currently pursuing MSc in Environmental health at the University of Eldoret.

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Sandeep Maharaj

Global Outreach Fellow

As the PHA's Global Outreach Fellow, Sandeep works to support and strengthen the emerging network of Planetary Health Regional Hubs around the world, mainly through convening and cross-fertilizing current hubs and facilitating the creation of new hubs where desired. At an academic level, Sandeep serves as a lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, and administratively, he serves as both the Associate Dean for Distance Education and Planning and the Director of the Entrepreneurship and Business Transformation Office for the Faculty of Medical Science at UWI's St. Augustine Campus.

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Steering Committee

Francine Laden

Dr. Francine Laden is Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Dr. Laden received her ScD in Epidemiology and MS in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Advisory Board

Tracy Wolstencroft

Former President and CEO of the National Geographic Society

Tracy R. Wolstencroft’s career spans a wide range of leadership positions in global business, nonprofit, and non-governmental organizations: Partner of Goldman Sachs, President and CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, President and  CEO of the National Geographic Society, and Co-Chairman of the  International Rescue Committee (IRC).
As a longstanding Partner of Goldman Sachs, Wolstencroft managed a broad range of the firm’s investment banking business around the world including in the United States, Latin America and Asia (where he lived and had primary responsibility in China, Japan and Singapore). During a three-decade career (1985-2013), he was a member of the firm-wide partnership committee, the investment banking operating committee, and was chairman of global relationship management. Subsequently, as an adviser to the firm he chaired Goldman’s global clean technology business.

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Committee Emeritus

Planetary Health Alliance

The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 120 dedicated universities, NGOs, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world committed to advancing planetary health.
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