28th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows Announced

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We are pleased to announce the latest class of Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows and their field placements. These 19 young leaders will spend the next year supporting anti-hunger and anti-poverty work at the local and national level and developing their leadership and professional skills. Meet the fellows.

“These fellows represent the future of anti-hunger leadership in the United States,” said Emerson Fellowship Program Director Tony Jackson. “They have a diverse range of talents, interests, and experiences, but each of them is dedicated to the vision of a hunger-free future. I’m excited to welcome them into our expanding community of anti-hunger leaders.” See where the fellows will be working this fall and winter.

The fellows will convene at the Hunger Center’s offices in Washington, D.C., for a week-long orientation before departing for their field placements across the country. At their placements, fellows will provide much-needed support to fifteen host organizations across ten states and the District of Columbia. These host organizations include food banks, emergency service providers, local policy advocates, and local government offices; seven will be hosting a Hunger Fellow for the first time. See the organizations where Emerson Fellows will be placed.

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship trains and inspires new leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty in the United States. The fellowship, the Hunger Center’s oldest leadership development program, bridges gaps between local efforts and national public policy, as fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects. These 19 fellows will form the 28th cohort of National Hunger Fellows since the fellowship’s founding in 1993. The fellowship is named in honor of Rep. Bill Emerson (1938-1996), a Congressional anti-hunger champion whose practical, bipartisan approach is the foundation for the work of the Hunger Center to this day.


28th Class Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows (2021-2022)

Fellow School Field Placement Location
Jalen Banks Univ. of California Berkeley Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative Fayetteville, Ark.
Julie Noreene Bautista Univ. of Virginia Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative Fayetteville, Ark.
Sofia Charlot Emory Univ. Maryland Hunger Solutions Baltimore, Md.
Paige Clay College of Wooster Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance Syracuse, N.Y.
Tenzin Dhakong Univ. of Minnesota Twin Cities Hunger Free Colorado Denver, Colo.
Robert Economou State Univ. of N.Y. Geneseo Kid Power Washington, D.C.
Michelle Fausto Univ. of California Los Angeles Univ. of California Irvine Fresh Needs Hub Irvine, Calif.
Fleurian Filkins State Univ. of N.Y. Geneseo D.C. Office of Planning Washington, D.C.
Nathan Garcia Univ. of California Davis Project Bread Boston, Mass.
Amira Iwuala Northeastern Univ. Community Farm Alliance Berea, Ky.
Morgan McKinney Duke Univ. Community Farm Alliance Berea, Ky.
Tazkia Shah Johns Hopkins Univ. Hunger Free Oklahoma Tulsa, Okla.
Nitan Shanas Rutgers Univ. Camden Welcome Home Coalition Portland, Ore.
Isabelle Sohn Univ. of Chicago Oregon Food Bank Portland, Ore.
Artis Trice Kennesaw State Univ. Chicago Food Policy Action Council Chicago, Ill.
Blake Turpin Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville Project Bread Boston, Mass.
Fatima Wahidi Washington Univ. in St. Louis Chicago Food Policy Action Council Chicago, Ill.
Alexandrea Wilson Univ. of Chicago Warren Village Denver, Colo.
Elaine Zhang Univ. of California Los Angeles Seven Valleys Health Coalition Cortland, N.Y.

 

28th Class Field Placements (2021-2022)

 

28th Class Host Organizations (2021-2022)

 

Meet the Fellows

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