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)
|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.|
Meet the Fellows