Jacqueline White Menchaca

Master in Public Policy Student

Harvard Kennedy School

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Jacqueline White Menchaca is a master in public policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she is the diplomacy chair for Women in Defense, Development, and Diplomacy and a graduate researcher for the Cambridge Project, which works with graduate students to augment the Defense Innovation Unit’s mission of accelerating commercial technology for national security. She also serves as the co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal for Hispanic Policy. She is a U.S. Department of State Rangel fellow and a student fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center, where she researches for the Korea Project and Cyber Project. Formerly, she was a member of the civil service in the Department of State’s Consular Affairs Seattle Passport Agency and a U.S. Department of Defense Boren scholar in Tanzania. She previously served as a staff assistant and fellow for Congressman Ruben Gallego and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, respectively. Upon graduation, she will join the U.S. Foreign Service as a diplomat. White Menchaca aspires to continue a lifelong career in the Foreign Service, working on human rights, security, and conflict stabilization. She speaks Spanish and Swahili and earned her bachelor of science degree in public policy from Arizona State University and her associate of art degree from Mesa Community College.

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