GW WonkCast Staff

And now, presenting the faces behind the voices giving you policy views on the GW WonkCast. Subscribe here to never miss a cast. The 2019-2020 staff of GW WonkCast features:



Brianna Jones is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Trachtenberg School, focusing in communication and health care. Originally from Miami, Florida, Brianna graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism. Most recently, she interned at Forbes Tate Partners in the public affairs department. Currently, she works for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in the Office of Policy and Representation. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, happy hour, hanging out with her friends and most recently drag racing.



Fania Jean recently graduated from Florida State University with bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Communication. She has interned for two Representatives for the State of Florida during the 2019 session. She previously worked as an Office Assistant for the Winthrop King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. She has also studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic.  Now she is pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration at the GW Columbian College of Arts & Sciences. In her free time, she loves to explore, shop, and meet new people.

Sean Bio PicSean Parker is a first-year Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy candidate originally from Vermont. During his undergraduate studies, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Communication and then moved to Portland, Oregon. While there, he worked as a client service specialist for a non-profit focused on alleviating homelessness in the Portland metro area while bartending part-time. He also interned with Renew Oregon, an environmental campaign focused on passing strong environmental protections statewide. As an ENRP student, he looks forward to engaging the D.C community about environmental issues. Outside of class, Sean is an avid podcast listener, soup dumpling enthusiast, and an expert napper.


Eli Richman is a data journalist and Master of Public Policy candidate studying technology and healthcare policy. He works full time making charts and podcasts for Questex’s industry newsletters, covering telecommunications, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and other areas. Richman hails from City Island in New York City and got his Bachelors in politics at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. He is a proud cat dad, avid board gamer, and scooter enthusiast. He is also publishing an article in Policy Perspectives’ print journal this year.



Preston Bruce is a first-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) student. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Preston graduated with an undergraduate degree in bioinformatics from Claflin University. With a lifelong interest in politics, he decided to come to a place where work is done. When not studying he enjoys video games, anime, and podcasts about history and debunking conspiracy theories.



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Aleena Khan is a first-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) candidate at the Trachtenberg School, where she aims to concentrate in Social Policy. A Dual-Degree student, Aleena is also a senior at The George Washington University, where she will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Policy and a minor in Economics in 2020. During her undergraduate experience, she helped to organize and run three TEDxFoggyBottom conferences. She is currently a Research Assistant with the Institute for International Economic Policy, where she is researching the ethical and unethical uses of Big Data. Aleena hopes to combine her passions for advocacy and community engagement in order to address social issues and pursue a career in analyzing the effects of public policy on different communities. When not in school, Aleena loves learning about photography, reading, and relaxing with her friends and family.