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Leland Fellow

Casey Tokeshi

11th Class, 2021-2023

Casey is from Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the University of Washington in June 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Medical Anthropology and Global Health, and Political Science, and from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in May 2021 with a Master of Health Science in Environmental Health with certificates in Food Systems, Public Health, and the Environment; and Climate Change and Public Health. Between undergraduate and graduate school, Casey was a Peace Corps volunteer working as an English Teacher and Teacher Trainer in Bangil, Jawa Timur, Indonesia. As a graduate student, Casey worked as a research assistant under Dr. Anita Shankar working on research surrounding personal agency in international development and assisted in projects involving the effects of clean cookstoves and empowerment training interventions on gender based violence. Her master's thesis explored the socio-ecological health impacts of U.S. militarism and imperialism in Korea. Casey's primary interests are in sustainability and justice.

Host Organization: Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT

First Year Placement
Nairobi, Kenya

Casey is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya, working with the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT as a Food Systems Specialist within the Food Environment and Consumer Behaviour Team. For her first-year placement, Casey’s work centers providing qualitative analysis support to research initiatives focused on community-led projects. This includes leading a community-based participatory evaluation of a larger two-year agri-nutrition project in Vihiga county studying diet diversity through traditional leafy vegetable agricultural initiatives. She will also coordinate a food environment baseline study in Kisumu County which includes vendor mapping and conducting in-depth interviews with community members and local policy makers. This study will contribute to understanding food accessibility, availability, and consumer behaviour within the region.