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 PhotoAbigail Bliss

Technical Writer
Cape Cod Commission

Abigail is a Community Development Planner at the Cape Cod Commission, where she focuses on regional economic resilience and recovery. She graduated from MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) with a Master in City Planning degree and from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts in French and English.

As COVID-19 continues to expose and exacerbate gender inequalities, GAP's efforts to translate research into action feel especially urgent, with its collection of summarized research standing to shape both immediate responses and long-term recovery processes across the areas of economic opportunity, politics, health, and education.

Profile PhotoSophie Bravo

GAP Intern
Wellesley College

Sophie is a senior at Wellesley College. She is majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies, where she has focused primarily on coursework in public health, as well as minoring in Studio Art.

Working towards my BA at a liberal arts institution such as Wellesley, one lesson I have encountered time and time again is the value of taking an interdisciplinary approach. In a similar vein, the diversity of academic disciplines we’re able to work with on GAP has really stood out to me in my time here. This realization was inspiring to me both on a personal level, as a reminder that I can make gender equity work a priority of mine regardless of where my career takes me, and on a societal level, it also demonstrates just how important this work will be in all fields going forward.


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, Danielle Boudrow, 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 and Tina Wei

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.