J.P. graduated from Howard University in 2006 from the Honors Department with a degree in Political Science. At Howard, J.P. served as the youngest undergraduate member of the University's Board of Trustees; co-founded an IB mentoring program at a local high school; and worked in the U.S. Senate, the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and various non-profit organizations. He has also completed various fellowships and academic programs focusing on policy, law, and civic service.
Field placement: Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
J.P. coordinated Food Bank outreach efforts to first responder groups, emergency food providers, and local government officials in the twenty-three parish areas served by the Food Bank. His project was part of the Food Bank’s transition from disaster relief to disaster recovery.
Policy placement: National Conference of State Legislatures
J.P. tracked state and federal legislation, attended hearings and committee meetings, and wrote educational briefs on a variety of issues, including the 2007 Farm Bill and immigration policy, for dissemination to NCSL’s network. He helped plan and also spoke at a session for NCSL’s annual Spring Forum.