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Leland Fellow

Amelia Foley

9th Class, 2017-2019

Amelia Foley is a nutrition professional with six years of experience in international and domestic nutrition programming, who specializes in qualitative research, monitoring and evaluation, food security, and maternal and child undernutrition. Amelia has worked for food and nutrition justice with a number of organizations including the United Nation’s World Food Programme, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, Atlanta Community Food Bank, CARE-USA, D.C. Central Kitchen, and Emory’s School of Medicine. She has served as an Anti-Hunger AmeriCorps Volunteer in Washington D.C. and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Zambia; these experiences furthered her resolve to become an agent of positive change for maternal and child nutrition. Amelia is a Registered Dietitian, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Public Health in Global Health from Emory University. Her Master’s research examined the real and perceived barriers preventing mothers from adopting infant and young child feeding practices recommended by the Government of Malawi’s stunting prevention programme. As a Leland Fellow, Amelia aims to further develop her knowledge and skills related to international anti-hunger work.

Host Organization: Care International

First Year Placement
From the CARE Zambia Country Office in Lusaka, Amelia worked as a Nutrition Policy and Advocacy Advisor. There, her work focused on raising the profile of nutrition as a development priority in Zambia through effective advocacy strategies and activities for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Fund. In her position, she encouraged multi-sectoral approaches to nutrition through stakeholder mapping and the development of advocacy tools; completed targeted policy analysis and championed policies that support nutrition-sensitive, climate-resilient, gender transformative agriculture; developed tools to monitor advocacy achievements; fostered government accountability by measuring the delivery of nutrition pledges and services from a community and national level; and collaborated with key partners to build leadership for nutrition in Zambia.

Second Year Placement
Based in Washington, D.C., Amelia worked within CARE’s Policy and Advocacy Team to enhance CARE International’s global food and nutrition security policy and advocacy agenda. As Global Nutrition Policy Fellow, Amelia conducted a global nutrition landscape analysis and supported the nutrition policy and advocacy efforts of CARE’s country offices.

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