Vanessa Boulanger, MSc, Program Manager
Vanessa Boulanger is the program manager for the Health Rights of Women and Children (HRWC) Program. Her work is situated at the intersection of research, policy, advocacy, and public health practice with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Previously, she has worked with community health workers to increase knowledge, access, and utilization of HIV health services in Namibia; conducted community-based assessments and advocated for donor funding in the Philippines; developed curricula, lead training sessions, and evaluated the impact of a peer educator program for women in Vietnam; and measured the “cost of inaction” as part of an FXB study on the consequences of failing to address the social and economic needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Boulanger received a Master of Science in global health and population from the Harvard School of Public Health with a focus on women, gender, and health and, from Clark University, a bachelor’s degree in international development and social change with a focus on women and gender. She also completed an intensive training program at the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis.
Rebecca Cantor is the FXB center’s manager of policy initiatives. Prior to joining FXB, Cantor facilitated coalition-building with pregnant and parenting teens and their providers in Massachusetts and conducted research on the social justice implications of culturally relevant care at Boston Medical Center. At the Boston Public Health Commission, she drafted policy related to LGBT and immigrant health. Cantor received a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the Boston University School of Public Health, a Master of Social Work in macro social work from the Boston University School of Social Work, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Vassar College.
Hector Lucero, Senior Finance Manager
Hector Lucero is FXB’s Senior Finance Manager. Working closely with faculty, program managers, field team members and the center’s leadership team, he helps provide insight and guidance on reporting, tracking, and forecasting FXB’s fiscal needs and activities. Hector received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Boston University in 2003 and has been with Harvard University since 2008.
Angela Murray, Executive Assistant
Angela Murray is the executive assistant to Jennifer Leaning, FXB’s director, and Jacqueline Bhabha, our director of research. Murray comes to FXB from the Harvard College Freshman Dean’s Office, where she was assistant to the resident dean of freshmen and the director of freshman programming.
Murray holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in global health from Cornell University. She did her field work on maternal and child health in Zambia.
Jessica Moore-Kaplan, Managing Director
Jessica Moore-Kaplan is managing director for FXB’s flagship publication, Health and Human Rights: An International Journal. Throughout her career as a journalist and web producer, she has focused on digital content strategy, working with news providers and non-profits to improve their online presence, reach, and efficacy.
Moore-Kaplan was senior web producer for PBS’s nightly news program PBS NewsHour, where she led the production of multimedia news stories. While there, she won two Scripps Howard Awards for Excellence in Web Reporting and a South Asian Journalists Association Award. She was senior web editor at Media Matters for America, working with the then-fledgling media watchdog group to bring their reporting and web presence up to full capacity. As senior producer for U.S. News and World Report, Moore-Kaplan managed education coverage for USNews.com, planning and executing education-related news packages, including the publication’s college and graduate school rankings. Moore-Kaplan has also acted as editor and publisher of Teen Voices, a magazine and mentoring program focusing on media literacy for girls. She was previously managing editor of digital media at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces Sesame Street and other educational children’s programming. While there, she strategized content approaches for the Workshop‘s relaunching website, for which the team won the 2009 Daytime Entertainment Emmy for New Approaches.
Research Assistant Krista Oehlke supports a range of human rights projects for the center through research, editing, and reporting. She coordinates the center’s Child Protection curriculum, a joint venture with UNICEF, and most recently, oversaw the production and editing of the volume Realizing Roma Rights, to be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Oehlke previously served as editorial assistant for the center’s Health and Human Rights Journal. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College, with concentrations in Spanish and philosophy.
Myriam Zuber joined us in 2014 as the FXB international liaison officer. Myriam is responsible for the design and implementation of a unique field education program for Harvard University students who will expand their knowledge and experience in development, health, and human rights in impoverished communities by supporting FXBVillages.
Myriam provides strategic direction and leadership to facilitate student-led capacity building, training, and evaluation for all FXBVillages, in addition to related activities within FXB International. She also builds educational, training, and research connections between FXB and the academic community at Harvard University.
A native of France, Myriam holds a Master of Education from the Paris X University of Nanterre and a Master of Education in Training, Policy, and Administration from Boston University. She has extensive international experience implementing innovative programs through non-governmental organizations in the field of community development and education.