Lucinda Megill

Lucinda is a 2004 graduate of Juniata College where she received a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and Elementary Education.  She was a facilitator and campaign leader for the Juniata College Peace Organization, where she focused on fair trade coffee and landmine removal.  She has worked with Habitat for … Read more

Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines

Alexandra is a graduate of Vassar College where she earned a dual degree in psychology and urban studies.  She spent a semester at American University with the Transforming Communities Program, and is particularly interested in issues affecting disenfranchised communities of color, such as prison reform and education.  In college, she … Read more

Brett Murphy

Brett, originally from Oklahoma, graduated from Rice University in 2004 with a degree in history.  In college, he helped devise and implement a field study on the political socialization of young women; conducted research used in multiple books and articles on women in government; served as the captain of the … Read more

Broken Promises

Broken Promises incorporates interviews with individuals and families affected by Hurricane Katrina into an analysis of ongoing and emerging crises in the New Orleans region.  The report offers a simple overview of the New Orleans area housing crisis, highlighting the … Read more

After the Storms: Turning the Spotlight on Senior Hunger

After the Storms: Turning the Spotlight on Senior Hunger explores the unique post-hurricane barriers to food security that seniors face, and provides empirically driven estimates of the number of seniors living in poverty throughout New Orleans and the surrounding region.

J.P. Howard

J.P. graduated from Howard University in 2006 from the Honors Department with a degree in Political Science.  At Howard, J.P. served as the youngest undergraduate member of the University’s Board of Trustees; co-founded an IB mentoring program at a local high school; and worked in the U.S. Senate, the Massachusetts … Read more

David Coffman

David has a BA in Sustainable Development from Kentucky’s Berea College where he served as a Bonner Scholar for four years.  His extensive service included leading fellow students through service activities and providing training on poverty and hunger issues in the U.S.  For his senior capstone project he studied sustainable … Read more

Gagan Gupta

Gagan is a 2007 graduate of Davidson College where he received a full-merit Baker Scholarship and earned a degree in political science.  A native of Belmont, North Carolina, he helped his local school system become one of the first in the country to eliminate junk food from its vending machines.  … Read more