Staff

PPR Editorial Board, 2020-2021

Morgan Brewton-Johnson

Morgan Brewton-Johnson is an editor of the Progressive Policy Review and a first-year dual-degree candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School. She is passionate about issues of identity, power, and equity, and has focused on issues of professional diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as health and social policy. Before coming to Harvard, Morgan spent two years as a management consultant at Bain & Company. She received her undergraduate degree in Public Policy and International Affairs, as well as minors in Global Health and Values and Public Life, from Princeton University.

Rachel Carle

Rachel Carle is an editor of the Progressive Policy Review and a first-year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. At HKS, she currently works with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and supports projects at the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation. Previously, Rachel worked for global justice organizations in Washington, D.C. and Cambodia. She holds a BA in Global Development and English from the University of Virginia. Rachel is active in community organizing spaces on climate, economic, and migrant justice.

Teresa Chen

Teresa Chen is an editor of the Progressive Policy Review and a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is interested in the intersection of technology and policy with a focus on misinformation, future of work, and artificial intelligence through an equity lens. Prior to HKS, Teresa was the Business Leader of Data Science at Nielsen’s San Francisco office, where she advised local TV stations and led media industry transformations. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University.

Joseph Leone

Joseph Leone is an editor at the Progressive Policy Review and an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on international human rights and social movements, particularly in Southwest Asia and the United States. He is also an associate editor at the Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus at HKS.

Ria Mazumdar

Ria Mazumdar is a Research Associate at Harvard Business School. Her interests include the political economy of development and postcolonial theory. She is also a freelance writer contributing regularly on South Asian politics and issues facing the Indian-American diaspora. She holds a B.S. in Quantitative Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.

Emily Mello

Emily Mello is an editor of the Progressive Policy Review and a first-year MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is focused broadly on social and economic equity in the US, with particular passions for passionate about health equity and electoral politics. Prior to HKS, Emily spent a year on the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign as one of the leader’s of his advance team. Before that she was a communications and advocacy strategist for the UN.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Northwestern University.

Will Mulhern

Will Mulhern is an editor at the Progressive Policy Review and a Master of Public Policy Student at Harvard Kennedy School. He is passionate about issues of economic equality and fostering a just transition to a more sustainable and equitable economic system. Will previously worked as a Health Analyst at Mathematica where he focused on payment reform and clinical quality measurement. He is also the health policy chair of the Progressive Caucus at HKS and has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Billy Ostermeyer

Billy Ostermeyer is an editor at the Progressive Policy Review and an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. His professional interests include international security & defense policy, countering hate groups & the global far-right, and veterans issues. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and a veteran of the United States Army.

Morgan Pratt

Morgan is an editor at the Progressive Policy Review and an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on human rights strategy, migration, and climate change. Morgan has previously worked in diplomacy, refugee advocacy, and as an elementary school teacher.

Adarsh Shah

Adarsh Shah is an editor at the Progressive Policy Review and a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is passionate about global issues of economic and racial equity with a particular focus on health policy. Prior to HKS, Adarsh worked on clinical program analysis and evaluation as well as universal health coverage policy efforts in the global health space. He holds a B.A in Theatre and Political Science from Northwestern University.

Jack Shapiro

Jack Shapiro is an editor at the Progressive Policy Review and an MC/MPA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. He works at the intersection of climate policy, politics, organizing, and government, particularly advancing ambitious policies for decarbonization, climate justice, and a just transition to a clean economy. Prior to HKS, Jack worked at Greenpeace USA, Organizing for Action, and served in the Obama Administration. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Ethics, History, and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Peter Skopec

Peter Skopec is an editor at the Progressive Policy Review and a first-year MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. His professional interests include predatory lending and financial reform, clean and equitable transportation, and public health. Prior to HKS, Peter spent eight years in advocacy and organizing, most recently as the director of a public interest advocacy group in Madison, Wisconsin. He holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University.

Merrit Stüven

Merrit Stüven is an editor of the Progressive Policy Review and a first-year 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, reproductive justice, and racial justice, 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 Associate Editor of the Women’s Policy Journal at HKS.

Dan Turner

Dan Turner is a Frank Knox scholar and Master of Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Growing up in a mining and truck driving family in England’s coal belt, his policy interests are on helping communities organize to shape economic change and dislocation, and in combating the rise of the far-right in Europe’s post-industrial communities – the former home of the left.

Ismaila Whittier

Ismaila Whittier is an editor at the Progressive Policy Review and a first-year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, concentrating in International and Global Affairs with a focus on multilateral institutions and how progressive change can be achieved through these institutions. He is also the Foreign Policy Chair of the Progressive Caucus at HKS. Prior to HKS, Ismaila worked in financial services in New York City, and in 2017 received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Northeastern University.

Yuqi Zhu

Yuqi Zhu is an editor of the Progressive Policy Review and a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is passionate about innovation policy and social equity, with a particular focus on technology, media, and climate issues. Prior to HKS, Yuqi worked in the tech and media sector in Denver, CO. He holds a B.S/B.A in Economics/Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.