2018 Executive Board

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Kendra Bradner

Co-president | Boston, MA

Kendra Bradner leads projects related to incarceration and the criminal justice system footprint at the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School. Most recently, she managed and facilitated the Executive Session on Community Corrections, a working group of academics and practitioners which explores the role of community corrections and communities in the interest of justice and public safety. She is also editor of the New Thinking in Community Corrections series, which publishes the thought products of that Session. Kendra also works on research projects related to federal crime policy, reentry, solitary confinement, and legal financial obligations. Kendra completed her Master in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School, with a focus on social and urban policy and criminal justice. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and International Studies from Boston College.

Melissa Sandgren

Co-President | San Francisco, CA

Melissa specializes in research relating to gender equality, racial equity and feminist theory. During her time at HKS, she led the “Pipeline Initiative”, which aimed to increase the number of diverse speakers brought to campus; was a summer fellow through Women in Public Policy Program (WAPPP); wrote summaries of groundbreaking research for the WAPPP online student portal; Co-Chaired the LGBTQ+Ally Caucus; and received the Holly Taylor Sargent Award at graduation for working to advance the role of women within HKS. As an alumna, she continues to connect, amplify and highlight the work of women and those who identify as gender nonconforming, in order to break structures of patriarchy and oppression. She currently works at Airbnb as a Diversity Strategy Lead on the Diversity & Belonging Team. @MelissaSandgren

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Xevion Baptiste 

Treasurer | New york City, NY

Xevion is a Communications Analyst at American Express, where she ensures that outgoing communications meet the company’s quality standards. Previously, Xevion worked in communications at Univision Communications Inc., impact investing at Calvert Foundation and internet regulatory policy while interning with the White House National Economic Council. She received her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, and her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Hunter College. 

Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar

Secretary and Strategy | Chicago, IL

Parv is passionate about supporting the success of every child from cradle to career. She is the Director of Learning at StriveTogether and is an advanced results-based leadership practitioner who coaches teams of cross-sector leaders working to eliminate disparities and achieve better and more equitable results. Previously, she served as associate director of Education Policy and Programs in the Office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel where she developed and implemented action plans across the cradle-to-career continuum, including launching Chicago City of Learning and managing the mayor’s $36 million commitment to expanding early learning. Parv earned a bachelor of arts in American Studies from Northwestern University and a master in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She is based in Chicago, where she mentors first-generation community college students with One Million Degrees and serves on the board of Chicago Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

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Theodora Skeadas

Current Student Liaison, City Ambassador Chair | Boston, MA

Theodora Skeadas consults at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she works on issues of cyber security, counter-terrorism, and business strategy and innovation. Previously, she worked in Turkey, Morocco, and the West Bank. She received her M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School and her B.A. from Harvard College in philosophy and government.


Gayatri Sarkar

Development Chair | Boston, MA

Gayatri is a startup enthusiast withe a passion for emerging technologies that are focused on changing the world for the greater good. She is an advocate of digital ledger technology around climate control, an angel investor with experience in the venture capital industry, a researcher of new technologies and an advisor to startups founders. She previously worked for the Federal Reserve Bank, Hewlett Packard and IBM. She studied Behavioral Finance in HKSEE in 2016. 




Andrea Blinkhorn

Communications Chair | Washington, D.C.

Andrea, a Strategy Consultant at Deloitte, is passionate about building capabilities for emergency preparedness and developing policies for inclusive urban economic growth. She previously worked at an international education non-profit in China and in refugee resettlement in upstate New York. She is an avid Cleveland sports fan and in her free time enjoys listening to podcasts, running, and baking. 



Kathryn Roos

Programs Chair | Washington, D.C.

Kathryn, a trained classical architect, is passionate about cities and improving communities across America by fostering partnerships at the intersection of government and the built environment. She is currently based in Washington, D.C. where she works on public private partnerships for the DC government’s Department of Transportation. Kathryn received her Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and her Bachelor in Architecutre from the University of Notre Dame. She is a native of Indiana and enjoys painting water colors and hosting dinner parties in her free time.


Constitution & Bylaws

HKS Women's Network Constitution and Bylaws, Approved 2017