Bi is originally from Hawaii and she graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She has been involved in programs for inner-city children and teenagers from large, low-income families in both the District of Columbia and Scotland. While at Kenyon, she also served as a residential advisor, community advisor and Board member for Asian Students for International Awareness.
Field placement: DC Hunger Solutions
Bi created a campaign to promote School Breakfast expansion for the District of Columbia. She interviewed school administrators, surveyed students about barriers to increased participation, prepared materials for the first D.C. School Breakfast report, devised outreach and advocacy strategies to get schools to adopt school breakfast, and conducted parent and community forums with schools, neighborhood advisory councils, and community groups. She also completed Smart Start, an outreach and promotion tool kit that can help grassroots organizations to promote the School Breakfast Program in their area using a power-point presentation template and brochures detailing the benefits of the school breakfast program.
Policy placement: Food Research & Action Center
Bi developed a best practices guide for collaboration between schools and community-based organizations to feed children through the Summer Food Service Program and the After-school Snack/Supper Program. Bi also researched the barriers faced by rural communities in accessing the child nutrition programs, particularly those that serve children during the after school hours and the summer months.