Tochi Okeke

Tochi serves as the Leland program associate and supports the program through recruitment, data collection and management, event planning, and managing the needs of fellows and their host organizations. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in North Carolina, she worked with … Read more

Megan Rossiter

Meg is the Hunger Center’s Associate. She supports the executive director and provides additional support in communications, finance, fundraising, policy, and office management. Prior to joining the Hunger Center, Meg worked at the University of Michigan’s International Institute and Center for Southeast Asian Studies. She graduated from the University of … Read more

Emely Umaña

Emely manages the development, design, and delivery of in-person and virtual learning opportunities, retreats, and training events for the Hunger Center’s leadership development program participants. She is passionate about growing and developing people and improving learning systems. Prior to joining the team in 2021, she worked as an educator, teaching … Read more

Emma Williamson

Emma joined the Congressional Hunger Center in August 2020 and currently serves as the Emerson Program Associate. She coordinates field and policy trainings, serves as a liaison between the Emerson Fellowship and host organizations, manages graduate school partnerships, and supports the recruitment and selection of Emerson Fellows. Previously, Emma worked … Read more

Tony Jackson

Tony joined the Hunger Center in August 2020 and serves as the Director of the Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program. Tony is responsible for recruiting fellows and host organizations, as well as training and advising fellows. He is also responsible for implementing and providing strategic guidance for the program. Tony … Read more

Project Proposal Form for Emerson Field Site Applicants

All field sites applying to host an Emerson National Hunger Fellow must complete this form and submit it with their application. Applications to host fellows for fall/winter 2020-2021 are open from February 3, 2020 to April 17, 2020.

Sam Stevens

Sam implements and scales new initiatives, including the Zero Hunger Initiative, to connect new networks and leaders to the Hunger Center’s mission. She also represents the Hunger Center in its domestic policy coalition work. Prior to joining the Hunger Center, Sam served as a 23rd class Bill Emerson National Hunger … Read more

Kiana Kelly

Kiana is the Hunger Center’s fundraiser. She manages our federal and private grant portfolio, actively engages current donors and solicits and researches new ones, coordinates special events like the annual Hunger Leadership Awards, and run’s the Hunger Center’s Instagram account, all to gain and retain supporters for the Hunger Center … Read more

Shannon Maynard

Shannon Maynard assumed the position of Executive Director of the Congressional Hunger Center in September 2015. Prior to working at the Hunger Center, Shannon served as Chief Talent and Knowledge Officer at Grameen Foundation, where she was responsible for ensuring talent, knowledge management, performance measurement, and planning efforts that were … Read more

Zack Bly

Zack designs and implements communications strategies to share the history and impact of the Hunger Center and its programs. He also manages alum engagement and administers database systems across the organization. He is motivated by a foundational belief in the power of stories and food to change the world. Prior … Read more