Patience, a Washington, D.C. native, graduated with honors in 2003 from Hampton University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. At Hampton, Patience was inducted into the Student Leadership Program where she served on the community service and public relations committees. She has worked on a variety of issues including homelessness, education, and financial security. In 2002, she developed a funding and grant writing program for Six House, a Christian-based non-profit organization.
Field placement: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Patience worked to encourage and engage the Food Bank’s member agencies and their clients, helping to develop and channel them into a more active role in the anti-hunger community. Her goal was to equip them with the tools needed to foster greater involvement in public policy and advocacy on the local, state, and national levels. Patience also conducted research on advocacy participation among other anti-hunger agencies and developed an “advocacy volunteer” work plan.
Policy placement: Share Our Strength
Patience worked with the Grants Department to develop a staff training module on hunger. She also authored a section of Share Our Strength’s “20 Year Strategy To End Child Hunger In America” and assisted in the design and implementation of the anti-hunger workshop at Share Our Strength’s Conference of Leaders.