Meet the 2019 – 2020 Team
Jonathan Cohen is a JD/MPP candidate at Yale Law School and Harvard Kennedy School. Before graduate school, he earned his AB from Brown University in 2015 and worked as an office manager at the Institute for Innovation Law at UC Hastings. He has since worked on a range of civil rights issues, and hopes to ultimately pursue a career working at the intersection of racial justice and queer justice issues in law and policy.
During graduate school, he has participated in numerous public interest-oriented extracurricular activities, including serving as the Co-President of OutLaws (YLS’s queer student organization) and serving as a Director for the 2018 Rebellious Lawyering Conference.
Ben Demers is a joint candidate for the Master of Urban Planning at the GSD and Master of Public Policy at HKS. His main policy interests are in new models of shared housing, land use regulations, and LGBTQ neighborhood development. Prior to attending Harvard, he worked for two years for an organization called Out & Equal in San Francisco, offering LGBTQ cultural competency trainings to corporate and government workplaces and curating workshop content for the organization’s professional conferences. He obtained his BA in Cultural Studies and Urban Geography from McGill University.