Ally graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with majors in public health and sociology and a minor in social policy. At Hopkins, Ally’s interest in social inequality began with direct-service and advocacy work around affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity. Her passion for advancing racial equity through policy, particularly investment in Black-majority cities, stems from a research internship in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. As a junior, Ally participated in the Social Policy Fellowship, a multi-disciplinary academic program coupled with an internship at the Baltimore City Department of Planning. Most recently, Ally completed a Sociology Honors thesis on transportation access, exploring the potential effects of micromobility on social inequality.
Field placement: Oregon Child Development Coalition
Ally is working with the Oregon Child Development Coalition, where she is supporting an onsite food resource in Washington County and analyzing food security screening and WIC enrollment data. This analysis will be used to improve staff training and program service delivery around food insecurity.
Policy placement: Feeding America
Ally Hardebeck worked with Feeding America to strengthen programs critical in serving individuals facing food insecurity. Through her design of analysis approaches and maintenance of data warehouses, Ally created interactive data visualizations for the Feeding America network to utilize in their advocacy efforts to strengthen nutrition programs and educate Members of Congress on the importance of federal nutrition programs in their communities.