Our Team

Sam Myers


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

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

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

Joanna Wagner

Community Building and Outreach Coordinator

Joanna Wagner is the Community Building and Outreach 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 

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 

Kevin Greene

Administrative Assistant

Kevin (they/them) is the Administrative Assistant with the Planetary Health Alliance. Prior to joining the PHA, Kevin covered the performing arts in the Chicagoland area as a journalist with Newcity, an independently operated local media company, where they primarily reported on Chicago’s theater community with a focus on young adult programming and early career artists.


Contact: kevingreene@g.harvard.edu

Jo Bjorgaard

Planetary Health Annual Meeting Intern

Jo is the Planetary Health Annual Meeting Intern for the PHA. She is a Doctor of Nursing practice student at the University of Minnesota specializing in health innovation and leadership. She is focusing her studies on planetary health.


Chelsea Hunnisett

Student Researcher

Chelsea is a student researcher for the PHA, working on planetary health policy discourse and implementation. Chelsea is a Policy and Advocacy Advisor and Co-chair of the Planetary Health Working Group at The George Institute for Global Health, specialising in planetary health, food policy, prevention, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy.


Ty Rogers

Communications and Member Engagement Intern

Ty is the Communications and Member Engagement Intern at Planetary Health Alliance. He is currently a student at Northeastern University working towards a bachelor's degree in environmental studies with a concentration in environmental ethics and social justice.


Naomi Alter

Research and Knowledge Intern

Naomi is the Research and Knowledge Intern for the PHA. She is an undergraduate student at Boston College, pursuing an independent major in Global Public Health and the Common Good.


Kent Boyd

Planetary Health Annual Meeting Intern

Kent Boyd is one of the Planetary Health Alliance Meeting interns with PHA. He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Minnesota, specializing in Health Innovation and Leadership.


Lorenz Bodner

Medical Student Intern

Lorenz Bodner studied Medicine and Classical Singing in Vienna and is passionate about Science Communication related to Planetary Health.



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.


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.


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.


Advisory Board

Ethan Brown

Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Beyond Meat

Ethan Brown is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Meat, a company dedicated to building meat directly from plants.


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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