2022 Policy Placements Announced for Emerson Fellows

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The Hunger Center is pleased to announce the policy placements for the 28th Class of Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows. From March to July, 2022, each fellow will be placed with one of 17 different host organizations, working on projects related to food insecurity, agriculture, racial equity, affordable housing and homelessness, economic opportunity, education, and advocacy.

"The Emerson Fellowship trains leaders to recognize and bridge the gaps between federal policies and the communities that are served by them," said Tony Jackson, Director of the Emerson Fellowship. "We've seen clearly over the past two years how public policy is absolutely crucial to reducing hunger in the U.S. These fellows will bring their experiences from around the country, as well as their personal experiences, to Washington, to inform their study of policy work and the role of Congress and the federal government in building a hunger-free world."

Organizations apply to host a fellow through a competitive process, and fellows are matched to their policy placements taking into account the fellows' interests, experiences, and career goals, as well as the host organizations' needs and other factors. Since 1994, Emerson Fellows have worked with over 100 policy-focused host organizations.

The 28th Class of Emerson Fellows began their fellowships in August, 2021, working with community-based organizations across the country.

Alliance to End Hunger

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Building on work from prior Hunger Fellows, Sofia Charlot will expand the Alliance's "Hunger is a Racial Equity Issue" campaign by creating new educational materials and recruiting new partners.
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Sofia Charlot

American Public Human Services Association

Michelle Fausto will research challenges and opportunities for modernizing SNAP administration ahead of upcoming 2023 Farm Bill negotiations, including outreach, eligibility, case processing, and more.
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Michelle Fausto

Bread for the World Institute

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Julie Noreene Bautista will lead engagement with Indigenous farmers as part of Bread for the World's outreach strategy for dialogues with USDA-defined "socially disadvantaged groups" to inform advocacy around the 2023 Farm Bill.
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Julie Noreene Bautista

Brookings Metro

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In a series of blogs and research briefs, Morgan McKinney will study and highlight potential labor and education reforms to connect people with economic opportunities at the local, state, and national levels.
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Morgan McKinney

Center for Law and Social Policy

Tenzin Dhakong will contribute to CLASP's Youth Team by developing a youth-led anti-poverty policy agenda and expanding their youth advocacy training programming. Amira Iwuala will support CLASP's Community Partnership Group, a community of practice bringing together advocates and activists who have direct experience with anti-poverty programs.
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Tenzin DhakongAmira Iwuala

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Adding to work started last year by Sara Maillacheruvu, Paige Clay will conduct analysis and a literature review to build a body of supporting material for CBPP's forthcoming foundational report on the history of SNAP and WIC through a racial equity lens.
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Paige Clay

Feeding America

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Fleurian Filkins will produce articles, graphics, and other content to promote SNAP outreach and anti-hunger advocacy actions for Feeding America's networks.
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Fleurian Filkins

Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

Nathan Garcia will track approved state plans for Pandemic EBT; write case studies on states that have passed Healthy School Meals for All legislation; and create materials to support participation in the Summer Food Service Program. He will also monitor federal Congressional oversight and action on SNAP as well as analyze SNAP participation data and disseminate information about SNAP trends.
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Nathan Garcia


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Isabelle Sohn will help expand FoodCorps advocacy efforts to include food education as an academic priority at the federal and state levels, and examine the role of equity in the policy-making process.
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Isabelle Sohn

Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice

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Alexandrea Wilson will research and publicize ways in which colleges and universities have used COVID-19 related federal emergency funding and programming to reduce student hunger and housing insecurity.
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Alexandrea Wilson

Intertribal Agriculture Council

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Elaine Zhang will collect and research policy priorities from food producers and coalition members and analyze proposed language in the 2023 Farm Bill related to nutrition and agriculture in Indian Country.
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Elaine Zhang

Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice

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Jalen Banks will support the Kairos Center's policy platform through research, writing, and convening diverse stakeholders in advance of the planned June 2022 Moral March on Washington.
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Jalen Banks

National Conference of State Legislatures

Robbie Economou will research and create non-partisan, policy-neutral resources on food and economic security for low-income and historical marginalized populations to educate and inform state lawmakers on effective solutions.
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Robbie Economou

National Homelessness Law Center

By creating fact sheets and outreach materials and facilitating working groups, Nitan Shanas will support policy goals of decriminalizing vehicle residency and protecting rights of people who live in vehicles.
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Nitan Shanas

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Artis Trice will research and map the networks of stakeholders and partners that form the base of the coalition's membership as well as advocates organizing around issues of food and farm policy.
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Artis Trice


Blake Turpin will expand RESULTS' advocacy capacity on the issue of affordable housing policy through research, briefings, presentations, online articles, and conferences.
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Blake Turpin

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Tazkia Shah will participate in a variety of projects at the Food and Nutrition Services related to making nutrition programs more effective, efficient, and easier to use.
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Tazkia Shah

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