GAP Team

The Gender Action Portal's research translation work could not be done without the hard work of our team of technical writers, content editors, and interns.

Anisha AsundiAnisha Asundi

Research Fellow: Gender Specialist
Harvard Kennedy School

Anisha has been translating research into action via the Gender Action Portal since 2014. She directs and manages GAP by hiring and supervising writers, editors, and interns; editing and vetting articles for the Portal; and providing content management for the website.

The Gender Action Portal makes rigorous evidence-based research accessible not only to policymakers, but to practitioners, journalists, activists, and changemakers on the ground. To me, advancing gender equity means that we should place the experiences and perspectives of women who are most marginalized at the center of our research translation process.


Profile PhotoLaura Chang Tourtellotte

Content Editor
Boston University

Laura holds a doctorate in anthropology from Boston University, where she studied how reproductive politics shaped interventions into at-risk and in-crisis girls’ and women’s lives in Kazakhstan. Previously, she earned her MA at Harvard in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, and her BA in Global Studies: Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from William and Mary

GAP serves as an essential intervention by presenting translational research in a digestible format to those who can enact change. I am committed prioritizing intersectional feminist approaches in providing solutions to current global inequities, and a key means of doing so is by democratizing knowledge and access to it. 


Jessica AngelJessica Angel

Content Editor
Harvard Kennedy School

Jessica Angel is a first-year Master in Public Policy Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Throughout her employment and leadership positions, she has been driven to shed light on social justice issues relating to human rights, representation, and legal accountability. Her research focuses on remedying the disparities in access to justice for victims of marginalized groups in post-conflict settings. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Outside of HKS, Jessica is the executive director of a nonprofit that provides mentorship to students applying to college from underserved communities.

Working with GAP has allowed me the opportunity to turn my passion for advancing gender equity into action and be part of an incredible team dedicated to reimagining a more equal and just society for women all over the world.


Profile PhotoShanelle Chambers Haile

Content Editor
Brown University

Shanelle is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Brown University, with an expected graduate date of 2023. Her dissertation explores the ways that racial and gender identity, along with class status and nationality, intersect to construct a sense of belonging for African diaspora returnees in Ghana. Shanelle earned a Master of Arts in sociology from Brown University, a Master of Education in community development from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Spelman College. Additionally, she brings to the GAP team ten years of public policy experience, including roles as both researcher and practitioner.

Gender equity can be advanced only by addressing the social systems that drive gender inequality in the first place. The most impactful analyses of these systems also draw upon intersectional theory and are thus attentive to how gender identity interacts with other aspects of identity. Research that takes an intersectional approach to examining the mechanisms that produce gender inequality can be harnessed to implement sustainable social interventions.


Denisse de la PenaDenisse de la Peña

Technical Writer
Harvard Kennedy School

Denisse de la Peña is a first-year Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is Mexican and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to attend her graduate program. She is interested in the fight against gender-based violence; specifically, she is interested in developing solutions for intimate-partner violence and femicides in Mexico. Before coming to HKS, she worked at the electoral system in Monterrey, MX, and she holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tecnologico de Monterrey.

Advancing gender equity means working everyday to ensure women and girls everywhere have the same opportunities as their male counterparts, but also guaranteeing they lead violence-free lives. However, this work must be done from an intersectional lens, which means leaving no girl or woman behind due to her race, socioeconomic status, nationality, legal situation, religion or sexual orientation.


Merrit StüvenMerrit Stüven

Intersectionality Research Assistant
Harvard Kennedy School

Merrit Stüven is a first-year Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is focused on examining and addressing economic and social inequity through the lenses of human rights and gender, with specific interests in labor rights, reproductive justice, and racial justice. Merrit holds a BA in Political Science and Human Rights from Macalester College. She is an Associate Editor of the HKS Women’s Policy Journal and an Editor of the HKS Progressive Policy Review.

To me, advancing gender equity means challenging patriarchal and white supremacist power structures in order to build a more just society.


Since GAP launched in 2014, many staff, writers, editors, and interns have worked on making this important and impactful resource that translates research into action. Special thanks to the following: Lameya Ahmed, Sara Arman, Aimee Bell-Pasht, Abigail Bliss, Danielle Boudrow, Sophie Bravo, Kerry Conley, Cici Coquillette, Mayumi Cornejo, Sarah Jacobs, Jackie Jahn, Joshua Jeong, Jessica Lieberman, Grace Liu, Heidi Liu, Inmaculada Macias-Alonso, MaryRose Mazzola, Leah Meadows, Danni Melton, Supriya Misra, Sahitya Raja, Snigdha Shahi, Blair Uhlig, Tina Wei, and Sophie Bravo.

Note: If you worked or interned for GAP and aren’t listed here, we apologize! Please let Anisha know and we will add you to the list.