Our Team

Sasha Mathew | Editor-in-Chief

Sasha is a lawyer by training and second-year Master of Public Administration student at HKS, where she pursues a self-designed curriculum in technology policy and law, with a focus on human rights. She is interested in the ways in which technology mediates power and journalism interrogates it.





Anne Dietterich | Associate Editor

Anne is a second-year Master in Public Administration student at HKS with a background in international education. At Harvard, she is focusing on education policy, migration, and development. During this time of remote education, she hopes to see The Citizen as a forum for staying connected, informed, and engaged.

You can follow Anne on Twitter @propaganneda or reach her at annedietterich@hks.harvard.edu.



Alexis Farmer | Associate Editor

Alexis Farmer is a second-year Master’s in Public Policy student, hailing from Detroit, MI. At the Harvard Kennedy School, Alexis has been involved in the HKS Black Student Union, the Taubman Center’s Economic Development Seminar Series, and was a Rappaport FellowAlexis’s policy areas of interest include policing, re-entry, and equitable urban and economic development. She believes journalism is a form of speaking truth to power and is a space for everyone to better understand the world(s) we live in. She is a certified yoga teacher, a restaurant week enthusiast, and enjoys blogging, reading, and traveling. Alexis can be reached at afarmer@hks.harvard.edu.


Mike Yepes | Associate Editor

Mike is a second-year MPP student concentrating in Social & Urban Policy.  Prior to enrolling at HKS, Mike completed a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at Brown University and a Master’s in Public Health in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Yale University.  His professional background is in healthcare justice. Prior to graduate school he spent four years working in clinical research at Massachusetts General Hospital and sexual health education & counseling at Fenway Health, both in Boston, MA.  He also has years of experience helping undocumented immigrants’ access primary care and social services at medical school affiliated free clinics by serving as a medical interpreter and healthcare enrollment navigator.  His long-term interests are in expanding healthcare access for undocumented immigrants by expanding the operational capacity of existing medical infrastructure and by pushing for healthcare policy development that expands undocumented immigrants’ rights to medical care.

Mike joined the editorial board of The Citizen after being inspired by the courageous activism of HKS students in pursuit of racial justice, LGBTQ+ equity, etc. Journalism is a powerful mechanism through which to speak truth to power and tear down oppressive systems.  He hopes to encourage other students at HKS to use the art of the written word to call out injustices both within the university and in the greater global community, identify effective and transformative solutions, and explore mechanisms through which to implement them.  But he also hopes to use The Citizen as a platform for unity and healing by keeping the HKS community intimately connected in the midst of this global pandemic.