NaShawn Johnson

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 … Read more

Field placement: LA Kitchen (Los Angeles, California) NaShawn conducted a community assessment to identify the food security and nutrition issues experienced by seniors in Los Angeles County, California. By examining food access in low-income communities where the aging population is … Read more

Ray Chen

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 … Read more

Field placement: Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) (Los Angeles, California) Ray coordinated a community food assessment (CFA) of the Skid Row neighborhood with LA CAN’s food justice committee, Team Food. The community-based participatory research project was both qualitative and … Read more

Gentrification & Gender Expectations: Women in the Fruitvale

Gentrification & Gender Expectations: Women in the Fruitvale explains the challenges that Latinas face as mothers, wives, immigrants, and victims of tenant harassment, and the importance of empowering these women to strengthen themselves and their community.

Tara Kumar

6th Class, 1999-2000 Field Placement: California Emergency Foodlink (Sacramento, CA) Policy Placement: Center for Community Change (Washington, DC)

Bhavna Patel

3rd Class Fellows, 1996-1997 Field Placement: Interfaith Hunger Coalition (Los Angeles, CA) Policy Placement: Bread for the World (Washington, DC)

Ada Recinos

21st Class, 2014-2015 Field Placement: Causa Justa :: Just Cause (Oakland, CA) Ada worked as a community organizer with the Immigrant Rights Campaign to build a strong immigrant leader base and support members’ leadership development. She also assessed housing conditions in … Read more

Georgina Jimenez

21st Class, 2014-2015 Field Placement: Causa Justa :: Just Cause (Oakland, CA) Georgina conducted outreach in the Fruitvale community, documented tenant rights violations, and referred residents to the Oakland Tenant Clinic. She coordinated and facilitated Know Your Rights trainings on tenant … Read more

Julianna Lord

20th Class, 2013-2014 Field Placement: San Diego Hunger Coalition (San Diego, CA) Julianna conducted qualitative research to identify strategies for integrating CalFresh (SNAP) and Medi-Cal (Medicaid) in non-profit organizations providing application assistance as the Affordable Care Act was implemented. Her research … Read more

Yuqi Wang

20th Class, 2013-2014 Field Placement: Community Health Improvement Partners (San Diego, CA) Yuqi worked with childcare providers in the Lemon Grove community on a pilot program that incorporated Farm to Preschool activities into home based child care sites. She created a … Read more