Next week the 29th Class of Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows will gather for their orientation at our offices in Washington, D.C. This new cohort of 18 change-makers will spend the next year supporting anti-hunger and anti-poverty work at the local and national level, all while developing their leadership and professional skills. Meet the Hunger Fellows.
Starting in September, the fellows will be working across nine states, supporting 14 different anti-hunger and anti-poverty organizations, eight of which will be hosting a fellow for the first time. These host organizations include food banks and pantries, food policy councils, community centers, and local and regional advocacy organizations. See where our fellows will be working this fall and winter.
“I am so excited to start working with this new class,” said Emerson Fellowship Program Director Tony Jackson, “and for them to set out across the country, to put their passion to work in service of their host organizations and the communities where they are placed. What they are able to accomplish and learn while there will not only make a difference in the lives of the people in their communities, but also help them grow into stronger leaders, and inform our understanding of the most effective methods we have of addressing hunger and poverty in this country.” The fellows’ journeys begin at a momentous time in our history, as the economic fallout from the pandemic illuminates stark economic inequalities, and as the White House prepares to launch the first national conference on hunger, nutrition, and health in over 50 years.
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 fellows will form the 29th cohort since the fellowship’s founding in 1993. In 2001 the fellowship was renamed 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.
29th Class Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows (2022-2023)
|Nick Battles||Iowa State Univ.||Hunger Free Oklahoma||Tulsa, Okla.|
|Jazmyne Brooks||Univ. of Denver||Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio||Lorain, Ohio|
|Allison Bunyan||CSU Northridge||Common Threads||Miami, Florida|
|Isabella Dresser||Trinity College||Maryland Hunger Solutions||Baltimore, Md.|
|Lauren Drumgold||Bates College||Chicago Food Policy Action Council||Chicago, Ill.|
|Aliyah Fard||Whitman College||Chicago Food Policy Action Council||Chicago, Ill.|
|Gabe Hafemann||Univ. of Minnesota||Greater Boston Food Bank||Boston, Mass.|
|Raneem Karboji||Univ. of Texas at El Paso||Pittsburgh Food Policy Council||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|Akeisha Latch||Clark Univ.||About Fresh||Boston, Mass.|
|Landy Lin||Centre College||Wesley House Community Center||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|Molly Pifko||College of the Atlantic||Hunger Free Oklahoma||Tulsa, Okla.|
|Clara Pitt||Vassar College||About Fresh||Boston, Mass.|
|Hayleigh Rockenback||Univ. of Notre Dame||Mass. Developmental Disabilities Council & South Shore Community Action Council||Quincy & Plymouth, Mass.|
|Maia Rodriguez-Choi||Univ. of Calif. Los Angeles||United Way of Greater Knoxville||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|Rajitmeet Singh||Univ. of Calif. Davis||FRESH Basic Needs Hub||Irvine, Calif.|
|Maryam Taysir||Rhodes College||Maryland Hunger Solutions||Baltimore, Md.|
|Taylor Unoki||Univ. of Washington||Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio||Lorain, Ohio|
|Angela Zhang||Univ. of Calif. Los Angeles||Just Harvest Education Fund||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
29th Class Placements (2022-2023)
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Meet the Fellows
29th Class, 2022-2023
Maryam was the community service chair for 901 Ummah, a nonprofit organization that fosters a productive Muslim community that reaches across the city of Memphis to inspire, create, and empower. She manages ‘Feed the City’, a program that aims to eliminate food insecurity in downtown Memphis by providing hot, nutritious, and multicultural meals to those in need. She is the co-founder and president of the campus organization, Students for Justice in Palestine, which stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle for self-determination, justice, and equality through educational programming. She was also a mentor for the Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) at Rhodes as well as a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion intern at Autozone, Inc.Read more about Maryam Taysir