A naturalized Texan, Maria Islam is a doctoral candidate in Public Policy and Political Economy at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her passion and research interests are in food systems policy, particularly anti-hunger and sustainability policies. Maria hopes to help reimagine current systems and make nutritious and delicious food accessible to all. In her free time, she participates in cultural and faith-based community activities. She also enjoys reading economic and political works so she can better contribute to conversations about social change.
Field placement: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
As part of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's Government Affairs team, Maria is helping launch the food bank's Neighbor Leadership Council comprised of people with lived expertise. Maria is overseeing the selection of the first class of Councilmembers and is building the foundation of their leadership program curriculum.
Policy placement: Food Research & Action Center