Our Editorial Board

Meet the 2016 – 2017 Team

Charles Fletcher

11096457_10205460055833714_7743249229120002699_nCharlie is a joint-degree graduate student in Public Policy and Law at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Law School. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he wrote his senior thesis on queer sociolinguistics through ethnographic fieldwork in Spain. After graduation, he worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC and was active in promoting greater LGBT equality and awareness. He then served in the United States Peace Corps as an Education and Community Development Specialist in the Philippines, focusing on gender, HIV education, and youth engagement. During his time, he co-developed a Gender and Development (GAD) office at a local college, trained youth on gender issues, and created boys and girls camps for leadership and gender dialogues. He also helped facilitate the first training for Peace Corps Same-Sex Couple Initiative to accommodate same-sex volunteer couples.

Jonathan Lane

Jonathan_LaneJonathan 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 Weissbourd
Managing Editor

Jenny Weissbourd Head ShotJenny 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 Brown

HKS LGBTQ Policy Journal_WesWes 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 Evans



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.

Ewelina Rudnicka

EwelinaEwelina 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.