Editor in Chief: Ahmad Shuja Jamal Jamal is a Fulbright recipient from Afghanistan. He served as director of development at the American University of Afghanistan, where he was part of the team that helped reopen the university after the devastating terrorist attack of August 2016. Prior to that, Jamal was an associate researcher at Human Rights Watch, where he investigated human rights abuses, wrote reports and conducted advocacy. He co-founded Impassion Afghanistan, the country’s first digital media agency that supported democratic participation through technological empowerment. Jamal was a 2013-2014 Asia Society Young Leaders fellow. He researches and writes about issues of human rights and international security.
Managing Editor: Krista O’Connell
Krista came to McCourt after working for four years in the nonprofit sector, where she provided direct service to immigrant youth and supported various education advocacy campaigns. She is a proud Virginian and received her B.A. from the University of Virginia, where she won the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award. At McCourt, she works as a research assistant and is the head of community development for EduWonks. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the guitar, cycling, and volunteering in the community. In the future, she hopes to use her research, interpersonal, and management skills to advance equitable and inclusive public policy.
Spring Editor: Catherine Aquilina
Prior to joining the McCourt School, Catherine spent the last three years in finance, studying international markets, and she is currently a registered investment advisor. During her undergraduate studies, she had the opportunity to publish original work and reference work with Sage Encyclopedias and Sage’s reference journal. Catherine believes in order to create a better future for our population we are going to need greater public and private sector partnerships. It is her goal to foster those partnerships to create more socially conscious businesses and to create a more agile monetary policy for our nation.
Spring Editor: Sara Barrese
Sarah is a first-year MPP student originally from Short Hills, New Jersey. She graduated from Colby College in 2014 and spent the past four years working in risk management at State Street Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts. Sarah’s interests lie in social policy and economic development, and she is excited to be at McCourt learning the quantitative skills needed to pursue a career in the intersection of those fields.
Spring Editor: Surya Khanna
Surya comes from a background in international development; prior to matriculation, he worked at the World Bank Institute Open Government Practice, where, among other things, he authored a report on the largest survey ever done on citizen perceptions related to open government policy. Since beginning at McCourt, Surya’s focus has been on access to justice issues principally within the realm of health policy and law. Surya’s goal is to continue his work on domestic health policy and law as well as access to justice as legal counsel for a government agency, ideally at the federal level.
Spring Editor: Ido Levy
Born and raised in New York City, Ido received his Bachelor of Arts in Government, with specializations in global affairs and counter-terrorism, from Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel. Ido has completed research work for the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism and Institute for National Security Studies. After graduating, he hopes to enter the political research world through a think tank or academia.