Tiphaine Monroe

Tiphaine graduated from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2019 with an MPH in International Health and Development with a focus on humanitarian emergencies. She wrote her final public health analysis on the nutritional impact of cash programming for food in humanitarian contexts. Tiphaine also completed … Read more

Host Organization: Mercy Corps First Year Placement Maiduguri, Nigeria Based in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, Tiphaine works as a nutrition support advisor for Mercy Corps’ emergency food security programs in Borno State. Tiphaine is helping to analyze social and behavior change … Read more

Sara Higgins

Sara Higgins holds her MPH in International Health and Development from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor’s in Zoology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to becoming a fellow, she worked in federal healthcare spheres, including four years as a research analyst for an advisory … Read more

Host Organization: Catholic Relief Services First Year Placement Maiduguri, Nigeria Based out of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, Sara is working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as an emergency nutrition fellow evaluating their community-based supplementary feeding … Read more

Bryan Pride

Bryan graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015 with an MPP in Sustainable Development focusing on food security and agriculture. While pursuing his graduate degree, Bryan received recognition for his research that examined the correlative relationship between cash crop production and rising levels of food insecurity within developing … Read more

Host Organization: Rise Against Hunger First Year Placement Raleigh, N.C. At Rise Against Hunger, Bryan is working with the Empowering Communities team to strengthen partner relationships and co-design food security projects. Through collaboration Bryan works to help build the capacity … Read more

Amit Smotrich

Amit Smotrich is food security and environment professional with over 6 years experience. She recently graduated from Georgetown University with a Masters in Global Human Development where she focused her coursework on food security and environment. She complemented this coursework with internships in the World Bank Agriculture Global Practice and … Read more

Host Organization: Helen Keller International First Year Placement Dhaka, Bangladesh Amit is working with Helen Keller International, prime agreement holder for the Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status, Resilience and Gender Equality (SAPLING) project, a five-year multisector … Read more

Allyson Vertti

Ally Vertti holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, with a focus in International Policy and Management. During her Master’s Capstone team project, Ally consulted the United Nations World Food Programme … Read more

Host Organization: UN World Food Programme First Year Placement Quelimane, Mozambique Working as the Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) Officer for a gender- and nutrition-sensitive project in rural Mozambique aimed at improving nutrition through women and girls’ empowerment, Ally … Read more

Maria Wrabel

Maria Wrabel holds an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and an MS in Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. While in graduate school, she focused on multi-sectoral programs addressing to … Read more

Host Organization: Action Against Hunger First Year Placement Juba, South Sudan Maria is currently working with Action Against Hunger USA in South Sudan as a Nutrition Fellow, focusing on the treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition in humanitarian contexts. Based … Read more

Jacqueline Shieh

Prior to becoming a Leland Fellow, Jacqueline was a research intern at FHI 360, where she supported the Chief Science Office by conducting a rapid evidence review on the double burden of malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries. During her graduate studies, Jacqueline qualitatively explored the neighborhood-level drivers of food … Read more

Host Organization: WorldFish First Year Placement Dhaka, Bangladesh Jacqueline is currently working with WorldFish in Dhaka, Bangladesh as a Nutrition Fellow. She is supporting the IDEA: Income, Diets and Empowerment through Aquaculture project. As a nutrition-sensitive project, IDEA aims to … Read more

Jini Kades

Jini Kades holds an MS in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont (UVM), along with a Graduate Certificate in Ecological Economics through the Gund Institute for Environment. Her thesis explored stressors and their mental health affects on Latino migrant farmworkers in Vermont’s dairy sector. While at … Read more

Host Organization: ACDI/VOCA First Year Placement Dhaka, Bangladesh Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jini is currently working for ACDI/VOCA as a market systems specialist, contributing to two USAID Feed the Future activities. For the Livestock Productivity for Improved Nutrition activity, Jini … Read more

Marisa Nowicki

Marisa Nowicki graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s in Public Policy and Management—Global Track. In addition to traditional coursework, Marisa consulted on six client projects with the local government, international NGOs, and local nonprofits. For example, her group capstone, completed in collaboration with 412 Food Rescue, resulted in … Read more

Host Organization: Bioversity International First Year Placement Nairobi, Kenya Marisa Nowicki is currently working with Bioversity International in Nairobi, Kenya as a Policy Analyst and Behavior Change Specialist. Marisa and her team are launching a 3-year research project aimed at … Read more

Rhiley Allbee

Rhiley’s passion lies in facilitating sustainable and harmonious relationships between people and their environments. She completed a MS at Michigan Technological University in Forest Ecology as a part of the Peace Corps Master’s International program in spring 2019. Her master’s thesis focused on local perceptions of forest change over a … Read more

Host Organization: Global Green Growth Institute First Year Placement Seoul, South Korea Based in Seoul, Rhiley worked with GGGI’s Sustainable Landscapes Thematic Area, Impact and Evaluation Unit, Green Investment Services, and Green Growth Planning and Implementation teams. She supported the … Read more

Dan Myers

Dan Myers, a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduated from the University of Denver in 2016 with a BA in International Studies. As an undergraduate researcher, Dan focused on formal and informal governance systems surrounding agricultural resources in East Africa. He received a Cherrington Global Scholars placement with SIT Study … Read more

Host Organization: World Cocoa Foundation First Year Placement Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire As a Land Tenure and Property Rights Fellow with the World Cocoa Foundation, Dan works to organize and accelerate collective efforts among chocolate companies, civil society groups, donors, and … Read more

Navya Nadimpalli

Prior to becoming a Leland Fellow, Navya received her MS in Medical Physiology from Case Western University and her BA in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University with a focus on public health, nutrition and health disparities. After graduation, she worked with Open Hand Atlanta, a non-profit that provides medically-appropriate meals to … Read more

Host Organization: Welthungerhilfe First Year Placement Moroto, Uganda Navya is currently working with Welthungerhilfe in Moroto, Uganda, to facilitate community-level nutrition sessions for men and women farmers in farmer groups by providing technical support and staff capacity building. In addition … Read more