Elizabeth Oquendo

Elizabeth graduated from Emory University in 2007 with a degree in sociology and Latin American studies.  On campus, Elizabeth was an active volunteer in many Atlanta charities including My House and Project Open Hand.  A native of Miami and fluent in Spanish, Elizabeth has worked in Peru on maternal and … Read more

JoEllen Pederson

JoEllen is a 2007 graduate of Berea College, where she received a degree in sociology with an emphasis in African and African-American studies.  After spending summers in Costa Rica and Macedonia working on poverty related initiatives, JoEllen started Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week on her campus.  She also served as … Read more


Will Perreault

Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Will graduated from Davidson College with a degree he designed in rural poverty studies.  At Davidson, Will directed an a cappella group, led students in the National Coalition for the Homeless’ Urban Plunge, participated in a “reverse mission trip” to Nicaragua and renovated homes … Read more

Isha Plynton

Isha graduated from Tufts University in 2007 with a degree in American studies, a concentration in law and politics, and high honors for her thesis.  At Tufts, Isha started a college mentoring program for economically underprivileged students and served as a leader in the largest student run community service organization.  … Read more

Bianca Pullen

Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bianca is a 2005 graduate of the University of Chicago with a degree in human development and a focus on the social and cultural aspects of medicine.  Bianca was a McNair Scholar and presented a paper on how social support systems affect the pregnancy outcomes … Read more

David Tian

David graduated with honors from Yale University in 2007 with a degree in biology.  David coordinated the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project and an afternoon drop-in center for the homeless, interned at the Hill Health Center’s Homeless Health Care Program, and served as a voting member of New Haven’s … Read more

Alexander Villaverde

Alexander is a 2007 graduate of Colgate University where he majored in Japanese and minored in economics.  Alexander studied the factors that led to the current political and economic conditions in Zambia and conducted research on local businesses in the Ogasawara Islands in Japan.  Originally from Spanish Harlem in New … Read more

Corey Yarbrough

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Corey graduated from James Madison University in 2007 with a degree in justice studies and a concentration in global justice and policy.  A two-time qualifier for the National Debate Tournament, he served as co-captain of the JMU debate team, helped incorporate race and gender issues … Read more

Katherine Moos

Katherine graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2006 where she studied political science and Spanish.  She also studied demography and economics at the University of Havana and researched her thesis on reproductive healthcare in Cuba.  After graduating, Katherine worked as a research assistant at Boston Medical Center on the Children’s … Read more

David Kane

David graduated from Northwestern University in 2007 with a degree in education and social policy and a minor in history.  At Northwestern, he organized youth in Chicago, volunteered at a local homeless shelter, led alternative spring break trips to Atlanta and San Francisco, earned a certificate in service learning, and … Read more

Brad Johnson

Brad is a 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a degree in politics and public policy analysis and a minor in social and economic justice.  He studied abroad in South Korea and was named a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow in … Read more

Amber Herman

An Iowa native, Amber was a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a 2006 graduate of Iowa State University where she studied public service and administration in agriculture.  Amber represented Oxfam America at the G8 Summit in Scotland and at the 2005 United Nations Youth Assembly, served as a keynote speaker … Read more