Change is a team effort.

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The Plenary is driven by dedicated individuals from across fields, perspectives, and talents.

We are always looking for new partners and contributors. Want to work together? Let us know.

 
 

WHO WE ARE

Our Leadership

The Plenary’s vision and strategy is kept on course by our Board of Directors and Advisory Board.

 
 
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Stephanie Fine Sasse, EdM

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Designer & Organizer

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Maya Bialik, EdM

BOARD MEMBER
Author & Educator

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Crystal Dilworth, PhD

BOARD MEMBER
Neuroscientist & Communicator


 
 
 
 

ROTATING TEAM

Contributors

Our team varies depending on project needs and each initiative has a dedicated team of scientists, creatives, educators, community leaders, and technical specialists.

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR PAST & PRESENT CONTRIBUTORS BELOW

 
 
 
 
 
 

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

Volunteers & Advisors

The origin of The Plenary was a series of projects and experiments that began in 2013 under the name “The People’s Science”. In that time, our leadership team worked with over 100 advisors, collaborators, and contributors who helped make The People’s Science’s events and initiatives a success. Our work wouldn’t be possible without the foundation laid by this network of artists, scientists, and advocates from across the country.

 
 

 

ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS,
INTERNS & SUPPORT TEAM

  • Abigail Groff

  • Athina Chartelain

  • Barbara Braams, PhD

  • Ben Franta, PhD

  • Brian Fuller

  • Brooke King

  • Chantei Alves

  • Connor Vance

  • David Rose, EdD

  • Di Ma

  • Erik Bauch

  • Garth Coombs

  • Hillari Fine Sasse, MA

  • Jennifer Looi

  • Katie Insel

  • Lauren Koppel

  • Liza Bialik

  • Matthew Sample

  • Michael Sasse, MBA

  • Mihai Dinulescu

  • Natalie Koscal

  • Pamela Pedersen

  • Sukriti Dabral

  • Theresa Cheng

  • Yu-Hsien Sharon Wu, PhD

  • William Vitale

ADDITIONAL COLLABORATORS, PROJECT ADVISORS, 
& PROGRAM CONTRIBUTORS

  • Lauren Robertson, PhD

  • Leah Somerville, PhD

  • Lisa Schnoll, EdM

  • Louise Nuijens, PhD

  • Mahsa Ershadi

  • Mahzarin Banaji, PhD

  • Marco Morales

  • Marinna Madrid

  • Mia Cross

  • Mike Curtis

  • Natalie Jones Slivinski

  • Nergis Mavalvala, PhD

  • Nessa Bryce

  • Nineta

  • Noor Al-Alusi

  • Pardis Sabeti, PhD

  • Peggy Morrissey

  • Rachel Tine

  • Ralph Bouquet

  • Raven Reddy, PhD

  • Rob Maloof

  • Rodrigo Braga, PhD

  • Ryoji Amamoto, PhD

  • Samantha Jones

  • Sam Spaulding

  • Sarah Shires

  • Scott Edwards, PhD

  • Susan Smiley, EdM

  • Sydney Weber Boutros

  • Thomas Darsney

  • Tiffany Fox

  • Tim Heavican

  • Todd Rose, EdD

  • Wade Campbell

  • Wendy Surr

  • William Chen

  • Xiao Xiao, PhD

  • Yamicia Connor, PhD MD

  • Abigail Ogilvy

  • Abel Sanchez, PhD

  • Adam Miller

  • Amy Vashlidan-Murray, PhD

  • Amy Williams 

  • André Walcott, PhD

  • Anit Das

  • Anna Lorenz

  • Ashley Scherman, PhD

  • Ayanna Thomas, PhD

  • Breanna Draxler

  • Brittany Anderton, PhD

  • Cassandra Extavour, PhD

  • Catie Profaci

  • Cesar Hidalgo, PhD

  • Charles Fadel, MBA

  • Christina Björnström

  • Christine Ortiz, PhD

  • Choukri Mekkaoui

  • Cristina Espinosa-Diez

  • Decatur Foster

  • Damien Fair, PhD

  • Daniel Aguirre

  • Daniela Pasqualini

  • Daniele Foresti, PhD

  • David Kelley, PhD

  • Elena Blanco-Suarez, PhD

  • Elisa Bonnin

  • Evelisa Natasha

  • Francesca Dominici, PhD

  • Gabriella Hirsch, EdM

  • Greg Dunn, PhD

  • Isabel Esther Massey

  • Kathryn Mills, PhD

  • Katie Lane O’Brien

  • Katie Wild

  • KEENA

  • Kevin Lucey