Max De Faria is a food justice researcher and policy advocate with lived experience of poverty and hunger. They currently work as a Research Assistant with the Center on Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School. Prior to this role, they served as a 27th Class Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center. Max has also worked as a researcher and policy advocate with various nonprofit organizations and government offices throughout New England. In these roles, they specialized in food, health, agriculture, and environmental policy. In addition to serving on the Alum Council for the Congressional Hunger Center, Max serves as an Alum Mentor and Hill Visits Scheduler for the 28th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows. Max grew up experiencing hunger and food insecurity in the post-industrial city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. They earned a B.A. in Geography & Spanish Language and Literature, with a minor in Political Science, from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Max is currently pursuing a Master of Food and Agriculture Law/Policy degree at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont.