Bridget graduated from Duke University in May 2002 with a self-designed curriculum in Race and Ethnic Relations and Social Policy. She spearheaded several campus projects to promote socially conscious career choices and cultivated an interest in immigration issues, especially those pertaining to farm workers. She also studied race relations at la Universidad de La Habana in Cuba for a semester.
Field placement: Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Through interviews, surveys and focus groups, Bridget laid the groundwork for the future Greater Tucson Food Policy Council. Her research identified opportunities for strengthening the local food system through examining its holes and assets.
Policy placement: Workforce Alliance
Bridget provided support for the staff and members of the Workforce Alliance seeking to improve workforce development policies and practices. She helped to create a web-based clearinghouse for state fact sheets and best practices of the Workforce Investment Act, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the Higher Education Act.