The Hunger Center marks a 30th anniversary milestone by announcing the members of the next class of Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows. These 15 passionate leaders will spend the next year supporting anti-hunger and anti-poverty work at the local and national level, all while developing their leadership and professional skills. Meet the 30th Class Fellows.
The fellows will convene in Washington, D.C., in late August for a week-long orientation. Starting in September, the fellows will work in seven states plus the District of Columbia, supporting ten different organizations working to end hunger and poverty in their communities or regions. Notable among this year’s partners is Feeding South Dakota, a first-time host organization. The two fellows placed there will be the first fellows to serve in the state of South Dakota in the program’s history. See fellows’ placements for fall and winter.
“It’s my privilege to welcome this outstanding group of talented, dedicated leaders to the Emerson Fellowship,” said Program Director Tony Jackson. “Much has changed in the world since the Hunger Center’s founding three decades ago; one thing that has remained the same is the need for leaders who can think critically, spot inefficiencies and inequities, and create effective change. This class of fellows represents the future of the movement to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. I’m excited to work with them as they develop their skills and expertise, and work in service to their host organizations and communities.”
The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship trains and inspires new leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty in the United States. The fellowship, the Hunger Center’s oldest leadership development program, bridges gaps between local efforts and national public policy, as fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects. These fellows will form the 30th cohort since our founding in 1993. In 2001 the fellowship was renamed in honor of Rep. Bill Emerson (1938-1996), a Congressional anti-hunger champion whose practical, bipartisan approach is the foundation for the work of the Hunger Center to this day.
30th Class Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows (2023-2024)
|Adin Burwell||Cornell Univ.||Chicago Food Policy Action Council||Chicago, Ill.|
|Zhara Edwards||Case Western Reserve Univ.||D.C. Hunger Solutions||Washington, D.C.|
|Nicholas French||Cornell Univ.||Feeding South Dakota||Sioux Falls, S.D.|
|Alfred Gary III||Univ. at Buffalo||Hunger Free Oklahoma||Tulsa, Okla.|
|Tylah Harrison||Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Just Harvest||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|John Hoang||Earlham College||Hunger Free Oklahoma||Tulsa, Okla.|
|Maria Islam||Univ. of Texas at Dallas||Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|Jeanie Kim||Claremont McKenna Coll.||Common Threads||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Stefano Mancini||Lafayette Coll.||Greater Boston Food Bank||Boston, Mass.|
|Avyan Mejdeen||Concordia Coll.||Chicago Food Policy Action Council||Chicago, Ill.|
|Chas Nystrom||Centre College||Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative||Fayetteville, Ark.|
|Kenneth Palmer||Harvard Univ.||Feeding South Dakota||Sioux Falls, S.D.|
|Denise Ramos-Vega||Univ. of Calif. Los Angeles||UCI Basic Needs Center||Irvine, Calif.|
|Kathryn Tzivanis||The New School||UCI Basic Needs Center||Irvine, Calif.|
|Tatiana Villegas||Whitman Coll.||Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative||Fayetteville, Ark.|
Click any highlighted state below to see placements.