Tara O’Shea

Director of Forest Programs, Planet

Tara O'Shea is passionate about realigning natural, social and economic systems through strategic design, communications, and stakeholder engagement. As the director of forest programs at Planet, she drives partnership and impact evaluation strategies that help ensure Planet’s timely, global imagery empowers informed, deliberate and meaningful stewardship of our planet.

Trained in the natural sciences, O'Shea began her career in academia, translating natural capital research into business accounting and policy practice at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. In 2012, she helped start a nonprofit focused on advancing Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), a financial mechanism for sustainable land use in tropical forest countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In this role she pioneered new programs for private sector engagement and policy alignment in REDD+, as well as launched StandForTrees.org in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development to spread public awareness and engagement with the mechanism.

O'Shea holds a Masters of environmental management and graduate certificate in international development policy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from Gettysburg College. She lives in San Francisco, California and in her free time enjoys camping, trail running, and good coffee.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Scorched Earth: Culture and Climate Under Siege

Sep 24 2019 - 6:30pm

This year has been one of record wildfires. From the Amazon to the Congo to California, forests are being decimated. And along with them, the stability of our climate. 

But if a tree falls in the Amazon, will we hear it? Why should we care about trees that burn halfway across the world?