H is from Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in sociology. At Grinnell, they founded the Anti-Oppression Peer Education Network, a social justice peer education and leadership development organization. H has facilitated tutoring sessions for incarcerated youth, interned with Representative Tammy Baldwin, and worked at the Center for Constitutional Rights as an undergraduate Ella Baker Fellow. They also conducted independent research into organizing strategies for grassroots movements and has experience as an LGBTQ organizer.
Field placement: Preble Street
H worked to expand the Afterschool Meals Program, helped to minimize administrative barriers for applicants and conducted outreach to school nutrition departments and afterschool programs. H also interviewed SNAP participants about their experiences with the program for a resource distributed to food pantry providers.
Policy placement: Food Research & Action Center
H conducted a survey of state agencies regarding their implementation of the Afterschool Meals Program. This survey is the basis for the first national report on the implementation of the Afterschool Meals Program. The report also provided best practices and policy solutions for addressing barriers to the program.