Journal Staff

Shreya Agarwal

Shreya is an editor of the Gender Policy Journal and a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is interested in addressing issues of public health and education in developing countries from a gender perspective. Prior to HKS, Shreya worked as a consultant in the social impact space, with foundations, philanthropists, and state and Central Governments in India. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies and a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Calcutta, India.

Denisse Alejandra de la Peña Barajas

Denisse is an editor of the Gender Policy Journal. She is a Mexican second-year Master of Public Policy program at HKS. Denisse is focused on fighting against gender-based violence, and believes the fight for women’s rights should be intersectional and inclusive. She studies at HKS thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, and before coming to HKS she worked in the electoral system in Mexico. Denisse holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico.

Dr. Maureen Farrell

Dr. Farrell is an editor of the Gender Policy Journal and a HKS Mid-career Master in Public Administration candidate. She received her B.S. in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and her M.D. from Washington University. She is a veteran serving 20+ years in the US Navy as an OBGYN and medical educator. She is on faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School and presently serves as the Co-director of Gynecologic Surgical Services.

Belle George

Belle is an editor of the Gender Policy Journal and the 2021-2022 Choate Fellow. As a visiting student, Belle is taking classes across Harvard’s different graduate schools with a focus on gender, education and development. Prior to coming to Harvard she worked at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre. She holds a BA in Politics and Sociology from the University of Cambridge and is originally from New Zealand.

Leslie Grueber

Leslie is the co-editor-in-chief of the Gender Policy Journal and a second year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she focuses on Social and Urban Policy. She is particularly interested in issues related to economic justice and mobility and their intersections with gender and racial inequality. Prior to graduate school, she spent four years as a management consultant in Chicago and two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, where she led economic inclusion projects with women. She also worked as a fellow in the Chicago Mayor’s Office. Leslie has a B.S. in Finance and Information Systems from the University of Minnesota.

Hallie Huffaker

Hallie is an editor of the Gender Policy Journal and a first-year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. At school, she is involved in the Women in Power Conference, the Women’s Caucus, and she is interested in international development and human rights strategy. Prior to HKS, she worked in management consulting. She holds a B.A. in Government and History from Dartmouth College.

Divya Jain

Divya is an editor of the Gender Policy Journey and is a first year Masters in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is concurrently a third-year medical student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she has worked on repealing the tax on menstrual products as an organizer at Planned Parenthood Great Plains. She hopes to be a future Obstetrician-Gynecology specializing in Family Planning while advocating for reproductive rights and women’s health policy.

Stefani Jones

Stefani is a an editor of the Gender Policy Journal and an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on foreign affairs, technology policy and countering mis/disinformation. Before HKS, Stefani worked at Microsoft leading communications for State and Local Government customers and for programs supporting the U.S. veteran and military community. Stefani previously worked at the White House during the Obama Administration, first as Media Monitor in the Office of Communications and later as Special Assistant and Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Stefani holds a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University.   

Bethany Kirkpatrick

Bethany is an editor of the Gender Policy Journal and a first-year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. At HKS, she serves in student government as VP of Academic Affairs, and works as a course assistant with David King. Prior to grad school, she taught middle school English and French in North Carolina. Her professional interests include teacher retention and housing and school integration. She holds a BA in History and Education Studies from Davidson College. 

Mandy Le Monde

Mandy is an editor of the Gender Policy Journal and a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her studies focus on leadership, resiliency, and gender equity. Before coming to the Kennedy School, Mandy was the Executive Officer of a U.S. Coast Guard world-wide deployable unit specializing in emergency and disaster management.  She holds a BS in Aquatic Biology and Microbiology and an MS in Environmental Policy and Management.

Saba Selvaraj

Saba is an editor of the Gender Policy Journal and a Fulbright scholar studying public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to joining HKS, he served as Associate Vice President at the South Asia practice of commercial diplomacy firm Albright Stonebridge Group, where he led the research team and specialized in technology, renewable and development sectors. Saba also developed and taught modules for graduate students on Non-market Strategies and Tri-sector Collaboration, to introduce future leaders to stakeholders beyond the market and effectively collaborate with them. Saba is passionate about caste and gender issues and volunteers his time towards organizing striving to achieve change in these fields. 

Avni Sinha

Avni is editor of the Gender Policy Journal and a current student of the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Edward Mason Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to Harvard, Avni was working with State Governments in India, and has designed several policies including the State Data Policy, Data Privacy Policy, Women Empowerment Policy, and Public Grievance Redressal Policy for the State of Punjab. She was also leading several efforts under the COVID-19 response and management in Punjab since March 2020. She has an MBA from the Indian School of Business (India) and a degree in Engineering previously.

Merrit Stüven

Merrit is the co-editor-in-chief of the Gender Policy Journal and a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is focused on issues of economic and social equity, with specific interests in labor rights, unions, and worker rights, and holds a BA in Political Science and Human Rights from Macalester College. Before HKS, she worked for humanitarian and international development organizations and proudly served as a workplace rep for her union. Merrit is also an editor of the Progressive Policy Review at HKS.

Nicole Venguer

Nicole is an editor of the Gender Policy Journal. She is a second-year student in the MPP program at HKS. Nicole is focused on education issues within the US particularly early education and is passionate about understanding how the field directly with women’s economic empowerment and social mobility, specifically for women of color. Prior to HKS, Nicole worked at the Massachusetts State House as a legislative aide and later a research analyst for the education committee.