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.
John Joanino is a Master in Public Policy Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School, where he is focusing on urban policy, public interest technology, and philanthropy. A proud queer Filipino-American and native Californian, John spent the last five years in Los Angeles working in tech philanthropy, consulting, and civil rights advocacy. Prior to HKS, he managed digital communications at Advancement Project California, tutored homeless youth, and advised the State of California on community outreach strategies as an appointee serving on the Governor’s commission for the 2020 Census. Passionate about social innovation, John began his career project managing celebrity crowdfunding partnerships at Omaze.com to fundraise for nonprofits including organizations working to alleviate youth homelessness and advance LGBTQ rights. John graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA, where he served as student body president. He is an avid yogi, live music fanatic, HIIT bootcamp enthusiast, and aspiring hip-hop dancer who loves hiking and meditating around the world.
John Milbauer is an MPA candidate and John F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, where he is examining the arts relative to public good with an emphasis on access and inclusion. He studied music, classics, and government at Harvard College before earning degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music (BM), the Juilliard School (MM), Manhattan School of Music (DMA), and, as recipient of a Fulbright grant, the Liszt Academy in Budapest. Having performed frequently in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, he is on the faculty of the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music and serves as Co-Chair of the Chautauqua Institution Piano Program. Advocacy for LGBTQ rights, inclusion, and equality has always been embedded within his work in the arts and in education.