Meet the Team

Dr. Paula Walker (Co-Editor-in-Chief) is a board-certified Lifestyle Medicine and Public Health physician, award winning educator, speaker and author. Dr. Paula earned her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Paula earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Emory University and her Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Paula is passionate about health promotion and using evidence-based methods to prevent disease and to stay healthy naturally. She is a medical contributor on WTVM, an ABC television affiliate in Columbus, Georgia, where she writes and appears in a weekly TV health segment titled “Wellness Wednesday”. Dr. Paula is a native of Atlanta, GA. As a physician executive and consultant, she has collaborated with health systems, universities, state agencies, and departments of Public Health to provide health education; develop health promotion initiatives; and to advocate for programming that centers on therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) and physical activity as a path to stronger population health.

Ian Daniel (Co-Editor-in-Chief) is a MC/MPA ’23 and Ash Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He is a filmmaker, producer, and journalist. He recently co-directed There’s Something in the Water a documentary film that explores the topic of environmental racism in Indigenous and Black communities in Canada. Daniel is the former Co-host and Executive Producer of the Emmy-nominated VICE TV show GAYCATION, an exploration of LGBTQIA+ culture around the world, along with actor Elliot Page. He reported on LGBTQIA+ issues for VICE and began his journalism career as an Associate Producer and intern at TODAY on NBC in NY and LA. His social activism has earned him “OUT Magazine’s 100 Most Influential LGBTQ People” and “Winq Magazine (Attitude UK) Man of the Year” honors. Daniel is also the former Director of Artistic Programs at The Civilians, a theater company in NY that derives work from intensive investigations into current social and political issues and uses storytelling to create social change.

Courtney Howard (Co-Editor-in-Chief) is a Mid-Career MPA ’23 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. She is a member of the Presidential Initiative on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery project team at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Courtney has a background in international development and education and served as the Director of Principal Gifts Engagement at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtney earned a Master of Science of Management degree and a Human Resource Management graduate certificate from Emmanuel College, a graduate certificate in International Relations from Harvard University, and a Public Leadership Credential from Harvard Kennedy School. Courtney is a Bostonian, a world traveler, and has lived in NYC and San Diego.