As Chief Operating Officer, Kristin provides operational and management leadership at the Congressional Hunger Center, oversees CHC’s administrative, technology, and human resource functions, and contributes to the organization’s finance and fundraising infrastructure. Kristin has more than 15 years of experience working with small nonprofits addressing poverty, hunger, homelessness, and addiction and recovery, at the local, state, and national level. She joined CHC in 2001.
Kristin holds a BA in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. Her formal education was substantially enhanced by two years serving as a VISTA Volunteer.
Zack Bly joined the Congressional Hunger Center in 2015. His responsibilities include welcoming visitors, providing administrative support across the organization, and keeping the office running smoothly.
Before coming to the Hunger Center, Zack worked in the circulation departments of the public library systems of Alexandria, VA, and Orange County, NC, as well as the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library at George Washington University. While living in Massachusetts he managed First Church Somerville UCC’s community garden, which provides fresh produce to Somerville Homeless Coalition’s Project SOUP. His volunteer experience includes work with Anathoth Community Garden in Cedar Grove, NC; ReVision Urban Farm in Boston, MA; Arlington Food Assistance Center in Arlington, VA; and DC Central Kitchen in Washington, DC.
Zack is from Cedar Grove, NC, and studied Communications and Media Production at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Emily Byers is the Director for Policy and Special Initiatives of the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program. As Director, she shares responsibility for the day-to-day management of the program and bears primary responsibility for training and advising the Leland Fellows on policy-related matters. She also helps to define and advocate CHC’s international food security policy positions.
Prior to joining CHC, Emily served as Director of Policy for Initiative for Global Development (IGD), a network of business leaders that champions effective solutions to global poverty. She established IGD’s Washington office and led the organization’s advocacy work on foreign assistance and development-related trade issues. Before IGD, she worked in the Government Relations department of Bread for the World, a grassroots advocacy organization that seeks to combat hunger in the United States and around the world through policy change. As Senior Policy Analyst, she led the organization’s policy and legislative advocacy work on international trade and agriculture. Emily holds an MSc in international political economy from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from Providence College.
Mohamed Gurey joined the Congressional Hunger Center in January 2001 first as a contractor, and then as a full-time employee. Mohamed manages CHC audits and the accounting department and its procedures.
Mohamed has brought with him over 10 years of experience in Accounting. Prior to joining the Congressional Hunger Center, Mohamed worked as Chief Accountant and then Financial Controller for Uganda Paper Products, where he was charged with monthly ledger reconciliation, financial statement preparation, and cost analysis. Mohamed also worked as a Chief Accountant for Eagle Aviation, a leading East-African transportation company; as an auditor for Kassim Lakha and Abdulla Company, representing Arthur Anderson; and as an Accountant for Chemical Corporation.
Mohamed studied Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Economics from 1984-1987. He went on to study accounting at Asmara University, Ethiopia from 1988-1989.
In 2005, Mohamed graduated from Devry University with a BA in Information Systems. In 2006 he earned his Masters in Finance and Management Accounting (MFMA). Additionally, he has completed the full CPA classes with Becker—Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and is currently a CPA.
Shannon Maynard assumed the position of Executive Director of the Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) in September 2015. Prior to working at CHC, Shannon served as Chief Talent and Knowledge Officer at Grameen Foundation, where she was responsible for ensuring talent, knowledge management, performance measurement, and planning efforts that were aligned with the global poverty-alleviation organization’s strategy. Shannon joined Grameen Foundation in 2009 as the founding director of Bankers without Borders, a global skills-based volunteer initiative to connect top volunteer talent with social enterprises using market-based solutions tailored to the needs of the world’s poorest people.
Previously, Shannon was the Executive Director of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation under the George W. Bush administration and managed strategic initiatives for the federal agency the Corporation for National and Community Service where she spent almost nine years including posts with AmeriCorps*VISTA and the Office of Public Affairs. Earlier in her career, Shannon held various leadership positions managing AmeriCorps programs for local and national nonprofits focused on hunger and youth empowerment. Her work has been featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Nonprofit Quarterly, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.
Shannon was a Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center from 1997 to 1998. She received an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Richmond.
Albert Ramirez joined the Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program staff in September 2014, and is an alumni of the 20th class of Emerson Fellows. As Fellowship Advisor, Albert’s primary responsibilities include providing technical assistance and mentorship to Emerson Fellows and leading and facilitating program trainings and workshops.
Albert has been actively working to fight poverty, hunger and injustice for many years on issues including healthy food access, child nutrition, homelessness, mass incarceration, economic justice, and immigration reform. As an Emerson Hunger Fellow, he worked with the United Way of King County where he evaluated the implementation of the federal summer meals program in Seattle, WA, and made recommendations for increasing overall utilization of the program with a focus on communities of color. He also laid the groundwork for a coalition of organizations across Seattle working together on anti-hunger issues by researching and synthesizing the “Collective Impact” framework, a structured model of collaboration for organizations from different sectors working on a common issue. In Washington, D.C., he worked with the Center for Community Change, where he contributed to the policy team’s research and strategy on developing a national job creation agenda for low-income people, people of color, and women. He also assisted with the development of trainings on economic justice for partner organizations, and supported the immigration team’s advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform. As a student, Albert spent time in the Philippines working on subsistence farms and researching grassroots organic farming initiatives with the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement. After graduating, Albert worked with the Community Engagement department of Oxfam America in Boston, MA, and worked as the program manager, grant writer, and residential staff member at Haley House, a multi-service organization for individuals experiencing homelessness and returning citizens.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Albert graduated from Saint Louis University in 2011 with degrees in economics and environmental studies.
Jon Wogman joined the Congressional Hunger Center in February 2008 as the Receptionist/Office Assistant and has worked with the Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program since the summer of 2008. He is committed to investing in the leadership and skill development of Emerson Hunger Fellows and believes that they have a significant role in shaping future anti-hunger and anti-poverty policies and projects. Through his various roles, he provided support and mentorship for more than 200 Hunger Fellows. He has served myriad roles with the Emerson Program including positions of Program Assistant, Program Associate, Program Coordinator, Fellowship Advisor, and Program Manager. He has worked to improve recruitment efforts which has resulted in increased applications and a more diverse application pool. As a trainer for the program, he has conducted trainings and workshops on the issues of race, class, gender, leadership, food justice, the legislative process, salary negotiation, and approaches to change.
A long time New Englander, Jon now calls rural Southern Maryland his home. He is passionate about social justice issues and working to end hunger, poverty, and injustice. He believes that dismantling racism is crucial step in the fight towards ending poverty and has participated and led several workshops and trainings on anti-racism and racial equity. He is constantly striving to build his anti-racism practice in the work and life he leads.
Jon graduated from Susquehanna University in 2007 with a B.A. in political science. He also holds minors in in international studies and film. In 2006, he served as a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Legislative Fellow and worked in the office of Rep. Belfanti on the Labor Relations Committee. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Eastern Kentucky University’s online campus.