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Emerson Fellow

Sindri McDonald

13th Class, 2006-2007

Sindri graduated from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland in 2006 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies.  Prior to attending college Sindri received Amnesty International’s 2001 Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarship and spent six months working on issues of hunger and poverty with the Comunidad of Sant’Egidio in Rome, Italy.  During college, Sindri traveled to Chile where she participated in a community-based learning program and taught nutrition and self-esteem workshops for adolescent mothers, and completed a senior honors thesis exploring the work of women’s organizations involved in issues of urban poverty.

Field placement: FoodChange

New York, New York

As the outreach fellow for FoodChange, Sindri connected with direct service providers and community leaders in neighborhoods with high concentrations of eligible immigrants not participating in the Food Stamp Program.  Sindri provided training and organized community meetings with more than sixty community leaders and direct service providers, including representatives from local governments and the New York City Council.

Policy placement: Catholic Charities USA

Alexandria, Virginia

As part of the Social Policy team, Sindri focused on the Farm Bill and its potential impact on the CCUSA member agencies that provide direct services to hungry individuals.  Sindri also gathered the stories of service providers across the country, created informational materials highlighting the persistence of hunger in the U.S., and assisted in the organization of a congressional briefing on hunger.