Meet the 2017 – 2018 Team
Ewelina is a Master in Public Policy 2018 candidate with an interest in LGBT anti-discrimination policies, transitional justice and post-conflict reconciliation. Prior to HKS, she has worked at the intersection of governance and international development. At the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, she implemented capacity building projects with Local Youth Action Councils and women’s caucuses on the municipal level. While working for UNAIDS Mongolia as the Human Rights and HIV Project Officer, she advocated for anti-discrimination based on sexual orientation/gender identity provisions in newly redrafted Labor Code and Criminal Code. She also developed initiatives for improving healthcare services for transgender women and MSM. Apart from being part of the Editors’ team for the Journal, she is involved in organizing the Harvard LGBTQ Conference and is a Fellow with the Emerging Human Rights Leaders program at the Carr Center for Human Rights.
Jonathan is a concurrent MPA/MBA candidate between Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to graduate studies, Jonathan spent nearly four years with the United States Peace Corps, first as an economic and business development advisor in Costa Rica, later as a volunteer coordinator for Costa Rica’s economic development program nationally, and finally on a consultancy with Peace Corps: Response in El Salvador. Here, in addition to helping facilitate Same-Sex Couple Initiative training for Peace Corps/El Salvador, he worked in the northwest “Trifinio” region of the country to spearhead consolidation of a tourism development strategy between El Salvador’s Ministry of Tourism, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Plan Trifinio tripartite development organization, and the regional tourism development authority in the “Ruta Fresca” region. He also spent a year working in finance with Northwestern Mutual Financial in Dallas, Texas, prior to his departure for the Peace Corps. Jonathan is a President’s Scholar and graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas; is a native of San Antonio, Texas; and is fully fluent in Spanish.
Jenny is a concurrent MPA/MBA candidate between Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she is a Dubin Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, and MIT Sloan School of Management. Jenny spent the last six years building the resources and capacity of social justice organizations, first as a social sector consultant and then at The Food Trust, a Philadelphia nonprofit working to increase access to affordable, healthy food and nutrition education. Outside of work, Jenny serves on the Board of Prometheus Radio Project, a media advocacy nonprofit, and helped to launch and lead a philanthropic Giving Circle. Jenny graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University, where she studied the history of U.S. social movements.
Wes is a joint MD/MPP/MPhil student at Harvard Medical School, Harvard Kennedy School, and the University of Cambridge. He is currently a Frank Knox Fellow studying public health in the UK. Prior to his year at Cambridge, he spent a year at HKS as a Zuckerman Fellow and served as the LGBT Health Policy Editor on last year’s journal. He has been involved in several LGBTQ policy initiatives at HMS and its affiliated hospitals. Originally from Texas, he graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Chemistry and Business Administration. He will return to Harvard next fall to complete his MD/MPP.
James is the Communications Coordinator at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Originally from the UK, James studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford, before studying Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University. He previously volunteered with the Beijing LGBT Center, and published in the 2015 issue of this journal on the lack of a coordinated demand for LGBT rights in the European Union’s foreign policy in Eastern Europe.