Alysha works with the Financial Stability Team to ensure that King County residents are able to weather financial shocks and can work towards long term financial stability. Alysha’s projects include evaluating the significance of two recent policy changes that have negatively impacted the food security of able-bodied adults without dependents and the income security of people with disabilities. She will then propose recommendations on how United Way can mitigate these impacts through interventions, advocacy, and funding. Alysha is also researching innovative savings products and strategies to decrease barriers to savings among low income workers and community college students in partnership with United Way’s Free Income Tax Preparation program and the new Housing Ready, Crisis Resilient project.
Alysha graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Rochester in 2015 with a BA in anthropology and Spanish and minors in public health and gender studies before pursuing an interdisciplinary year-long study of media and social change through the Take 5 fellowship program. As an undergrad, Alysha organized around social, racial, economic, health and environmental justice issues with GlobeMed and Students for a Democratic Society, and conducted independent ethnographic research about the effects of hemodialysis treatment on patients and their caregivers which was published in 2014. Alysha had the privilege of serving as a research assistant at the Susan B. Anthony Center working on issues such as the local gender wage gap and qualitative research projects on collegiate perceptions of feminism. As an intern in the Housing and Foreclosure unit of the public interest law firm Empire Justice, Alysha analyzed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau consumer complaint data and lobbied for increased transparency.
Ashley is working at Denver Urban Matters (DenUM) to register clients to vote and is partnering with the Community Resource Center and NonProfit Vote to ask clients to fill out pledge cards for the election. She also is creating accessible, nonpartisan voter materials and is planning National Voter Registration Day efforts. Ashley is also facilitating meetings with the DenUM Community Leadership Team to help clients organize around a shared interest within the Denver community and is implementing an evaluation tool to assess DenUM services and the work of the DenUM Community Leadership Team.
Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ashley graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a degree in social theory and practice and a minor in community action and social change. Ashley spent a summer living in Detroit and worked in a racial justice organization called Focus: HOPE where she helped analyze community survey data on topics such as food and education access. She also led workshops on race with high school students from the Metropolitan Detroit area through the University of Michigan Intergroup Relations Office. She has also interned at Congressman Daniel Kildee’s office through the Victory Congressional Internship Program and at the Human Rights Campaign where she focused on HIV/AIDS issues and transgender equity.
Anne Marie is working with the Illinois Hunger Coalition to advocate for the Governor to apply for a statewide waiver for 2017, so that the 260,000 able-bodied adults without dependent children in the state of Illinois will not be subject to a three month time limit on SNAP benefits if they do not meet specific work or job training requirements. She is also researching best practices of SNAP Employment and Training programs to find better ways that the state of Illinois can serve this specific population that faces many barriers and that is often very under-served.
Born and raised in Oakdale, MN, Anne Marie studied environmental studies and anthropology at Macalester College. Through the Bonner Scholars Program, a program committed to community service and social justice, she developed a citizenship curriculum and free childcare program at a local community organization in St Paul, MN. She also helped build an environmental outings program for youth living in the Twin Cities and worked with a youth employment and mentorship organization that centered on conservation, gardening and nutrition. After college, she spent a year in Washington, DC living in intentional community and working as a volunteer coordinator.
Ray is working with Los Angeles Community Action Network’s Food Justice/Access committee to create and implement a comprehensive assessment of food resources and food security in the Skid Row community. He is also a part of the expansion of LA CAN’s community garden and pop-up organic produce market and involved with LA CAN’s policy advocacy work related to hunger issues in the broader LA community.
Born in Taiwan, Ray grew up in San Jose, CA and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology and a minor in African & African American studies. In college, he became deeply involved with Asian American communities both on and off-campus, through which he first developed a social justice orientation and a commitment to envisioning, creating, and maintaining just and sustainable communities. He has also studied abroad in Cape Town, during which he worked with a grassroots organization in the Cape Flats that provides a safe haven for children in the community. With the organization, he developed and facilitated a Photovoice project aimed at developing critical consciousness in youth, which he further delved into through writing an honors thesis in the field of education. Ray continued to work with youth domestically at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, tutoring middle school students and developing a summer curriculum to expose high school students to health careers.
Eduardo is working on testing an evaluating strategies that reduce hunger and food insecurity by connecting students and families to income supports and other community based resources. He is also working on improving and developing a communications and implementation plan for the 2017 King County Breakfast Challenge.
Eduardo graduated from Wake Forest University in 2015 with a degree in health and exercise science. During college, he found his passion for community health when he conducted a healthy food initiative in his hometown addressing the local levels of childhood obesity, and conducted community based participatory research on migrant farmworker occupational health with the Wake Forest School of Medicine. In addition, as President of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) on campus, he advocated, facilitated, and planned a variety of events to educate his college community on social justice issues facing Latinos domestically and abroad. Eduardo has interned for Student Action with Farmworkers and, upon graduation, served as a City Year AmeriCorps Member where he tutored and mentored at-risk inner city youth.
NaShawn is conducting research on the food security and nutrition issues facing seniors in Los Angeles County, California. By interviewing seniors about their experiences with food access, she hopes to identify best practices for alleviating food insecurity for the aging population. NaShawn is also helping to develop and administer a pilot survey to measure the health outcomes of seniors at St. Barnabas Senior Center in an effort to better understand the benefits of healthy eating for seniors.
NaShawn is a recent graduate of Columbia University with a degree in urban studies and a concentration in political science. After college, NaShawn worked as a public policy research intern at Enterprise Community Partners where she identified ways to create and preserve affordable housing for low-income families. Prior to joining Enterprise, she interned with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research where she conducted research on the adverse effects of food insecurity on children’s school performance; she also previously interned at Goddard Riverside Community Center SRO Law Project where she assisted in the organizing efforts of single-room occupancy tenants. Last summer, NaShawn served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Second Harvest Food Bank in her hometown New Orleans, Louisiana.
Deondre’ is working with Market Umbrella to structure and implement a statewide Healthy Food Retail Program. The purpose of this program is to increase food access and food security in Louisiana by granting and loaning funds to fresh food initiatives around the state.
Born and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Deondre’ graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in economics and a minor in nonprofit studies. During his time in college, Deondre’ worked with several different nonprofits, including a yearlong stay at the anti-human trafficking organization known as Walk Free. He also served as the on site coordinator for the LeaderShape program at NC State, where he helped to develop leaders driven by integrity and social change. Deondre’ also had the privilege of working with low income communities in both Belize and Costa Rica through the Alternative Service Break program.
David is writing a School Breakfast Report assessing the success of current school breakfast programs in reaching students in schools in SHFB’s service area, advocating for the importance of increasing student participation in federally funded school breakfast programs, and providing recommendations for increasing participation. In the second half of the placement he will meet with parents and teachers, district superintendents, and elected officials to present the report’s finding and to advocate for adoption of alternative breakfast models and utilization of the Community Eligibility Provision. He is also working with specific schools in the area to help implement alternative breakfast and supper programs.
David was raised in Washington, DC and graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in educational studies and public policy. He wrote his senior thesis about narratives of community involvement in policy discourses around community-controlled schools. While at Swarthmore, he worked with the College Access Center for Delaware County, leading regular writing and college readiness workshops to high school students. He also interned at the Economic Policy Institute, researching school initiatives to address the barriers to learning caused by hunger and poverty.
Michelle is working at 9to5 Colorado, a national grassroots organization that organizes low-wage working women around issues that impact them. Specifically, Michelle is working on housing and renters rights, minimum wage, and integrating resources through story collection, member organizing, research, and outreach.
Michelle grew up within a network of Chinese Malaysian immigrants in Queens and Philadelphia who helped her graduate from Barnard College in 2016 with a degree in urban studies and American history. With a passion for health and social justice, Michelle has interned at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in Manhattan’s Chinatown and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. On-campus, Michelle has worked with students, faculty, and administration on issues of inclusivity in regards to race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, immigration status, etc., through her roles as Peer Educator for Well Woman, Chair for the Committee on Inclusion and Equity, Vice President of the Asian American Alliance, student organizer, and community member.
Kyle is working with DC-based, food justice non-profit Dreaming Out Loud (DOL) to develop evaluation metrics for measuring the food access impact of farmer’s markets in underserved communities. He is also working to develop a micro-enterprise program through market research and collaboration with local partners to better understand what is needed in the district and how DOL can best provide it.
Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Kyle graduated from Stanford University in 2016 with a degree in human biology with a concentration in public health and sustainable development. At Stanford, Kyle was involved in anti-human trafficking advocacy work as part of the leadership of the Stanford chapter of the International Justice Mission. He also participated in sustainable agriculture initiatives and worked with local environmental non-profits to devise strategies for increasing volunteer recruitment and retention. Kyle has also spent some time working as a Youth Care Worker at the Beth Uriel Youth Center in Cape Town, South Africa.
Imani is working with Market Umbrella to design a breastfeeding incentive program and WIC CVV at Crescent City Farmers Markets pilot program for mothers receiving WIC. These programs aim to increase access to fresh locally-sourced fruits and vegetables and increase breastfeeding rates amongst low-income mothers in the Orleans parish by providing a financial incentive and support system for families.
Imani Nia Marshall graduated from Amherst College with a degree in political science in 2016. At Amherst, Imani served as co-president of Amherst College chapter of GlobeMed, raising awareness of issues of global health equity and social justice and fostering a respectful relationship with the chapter’s partner organization, Pastoral de la Salud in El Salvador. She also served as chapter head of the Roosevelt Institute at Amherst College where she worked to amplify student policy ideas and raise awareness about criminal justice reforms and local economic inequity and convinced college administration to develop better relationships with local minority and women owned businesses. Imani also worked as a research assistant for professors in black studies, women and gender’s studies and political science, working on issues of the representation of black women in films and literature, LGBT rights in Latin America and environmental justice in America. Her work as a research assistant at the University of Chicago, Department of General Internal Medicine led to her co-authoring a systematic review of the use of decision aids with LGBT and minority populations that was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Margot works with community nutrition and health experts to develop and implement an age-appropriate, participant-centered nutrition program for La Casa Norte’s youth clients. She also assists the Northwest Food Partners Network with capacity building initiatives, such as helping to bring executive-level consulting to network member food programs, creating a volunteer toolkit to empower member agencies to recruit and maintain long-term volunteers, organizing 3 seasonal food drives and assisting the network with food rescue and food pickup initiatives.
Originally from Rochester, New York, Margot graduated from St. Lawrence University with a combined degree in sociology and environmental studies. While at SLU, she interned for a food recovery and community meal program, and was responsible for coordinating all facets of a weekly meal, including procuring and preparing food, organizing volunteers, and maintaining community partner relationships. Margot researched sustainability and poverty while studying abroad in Denmark and Ethiopia respectively. She was also an active member in a variety of community engagement programs that range in topic from youth mentoring to home insecurity, and sustainable agriculture.
Sakeenah is working on a two-fold project related to SNAP participation in Louisiana. The first fold is a photo/video story bank project that aims to effectively capture the lived experiences of those using SNAP benefits and what it means to them and/or their families. The second fold is an analysis of the impact of SNAP on the local and state economies, health outcomes, and financial security of families.
Sakeenah grew up in San Diego, CA and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in philosophy. She spent two summers doing plant biology research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies where she explored growth mechanisms in plants and its relation to food production. While at Georgetown, she consecutively served with the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students to bring forth creative programming related to medicine, health disparities and community engagement. Since graduating Sakeenah has delved into various learning opportunities, most recently as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year- Seattle/King County.
Samantha is working to identify barriers, best practices, and areas of improvement for summer meal programs in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. She is collecting information from participating summer meal sites, including schools, libraries, and other community partners in Second Harvest Food Bank’s area of service to write a report on best practices and lessons learned. She will also create a tool kit for current and future summer meal sites.
Originally from Lawrenceville, Georgia, Samantha graduated from Emory University with a degree in Latin American history. While at Emory, Samantha interned at Tapestri, Inc, an organization that supports immigrant survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. She also founded a volunteer interpreting organization that assisted Atlanta elementary schools with high Spanish speaking populations and participated in a group that successfully challenged and changed Emory’s exclusionary admission policies towards undocumented students. After graduating from Emory, Samantha worked as a career advisor for the Center for Pan Asian Community Services.
Joanna conducted qualitative research in the form of storytelling to capture community stories around the history of food access, culture, and agriculture within the surrounding community in Ward 7 NE DC. She examined aggregation methods with farmers in Westmoreland County, VA. In addition, she managed Dreaming Out Loud’s organic urban farm in SW DC, putting a volunteer structure in place and assisting garden volunteers of all ages and abilities multiple times a week.
Originally from Clarksville, TN, Joanna Williams studied at Western Kentucky University where she graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. While there she worked for four years at her school’s independent student newspaper, the ‘College Heights Herald,’ serving as their spring 2014 editor-in-chief. As a Bonner Leader, she worked as a Program Assistant at the ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and assisted in furthering the development of programs such as The $100 Solution™ and the Student Ambassadors of Service. Prior to becoming a Hunger Fellow, she worked as a New Media Associate for the Southern Poverty Law Center with their Teaching Tolerance project.