Tanner Roark

Tanner Roark, a native of Oklahoma, completed his undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology at Oklahoma Baptist University and his Masters of International Agriculture at Oklahoma State University. His masters research focused on the influence of agroecology in small scale farming communities in East Africa. Tanner conducted his field work in … Read more

Kelly Kurz

Kelly Kurz graduated from the University of Richmond in 2014 with a BA in International Development and Geography. Throughout university Kelly engaged a variety of development fields from investigating women’s rights in Moshi, Tanzania, analyzing the finance and operations of an education nonprofit in Kampala, Uganda, and researching the impacts … Read more

Rachel Gilbert

Rachel Gilbert graduated from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in 2017 with a M.Sc. in Agriculture, Food and Environment. Rachel also completed the Water: Systems, Science and Society Certificate while at Friedman. Prior to beginning the Masters program, Rachel worked at the Small Planet Institute, conducting research … Read more

Host Organization: International Food Policy Research Institute First Year Placement Based in Lilongwe, Malawi, Rachel worked as a Communications and Research Assistant at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Rachel provided support for high-level events such as the Compact2025 … Read more

Faye Duan

Prior to becoming a Leland Fellow, Faye was a Fellow at the Meridian Institute where she supported mediators in helping stakeholders from a diverse range of sectors and interests collaborate on challenging public policy issues that range from food safety and health to forest planning. Her past experiences also include … Read more

Daniel Robinson

Dan graduated from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy in 2017 with an MALD in Development Economics and an MS in Food Policy & Applied Nutrition. His graduate capstone project analyzed the incentives that affect the ability and willingness of … Read more

Joanna Williams

Originally from Clarksville, TN, Joanna Williams most recently worked as the New Media Associate for the Southern Poverty Law Center with their Teaching Tolerance project. She studied at Western Kentucky University where she graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts. While there, she worked for four years at her school’s … Read more

Field placement: Dreaming Out Loud (Washington, D.C.) Joanna conducted qualitative research to capture community stories around the history of food access, culture, and agriculture within northeast Ward 7 in DC. She also examined aggregation methods with farmers in Westmoreland County, … Read more

Kyle Machicado

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. … Read more

Field placement: Dreaming Out Loud (Washington, DC) Kyle worked with the DC-based, food justice non-profit Dreaming Out Loud to develop evaluation metrics for measuring the food access impact of farmer’s markets in underserved communities. He also worked to develop a … Read more

How Much Does it Cost to Eat Healthy?

How Much Does it Cost to Eat Healthy? analyzes the cost of healthy groceries in the District of Columbia’s grocery stores. The report includes quantitative analysis of USDA’s Thrifty Food Plan and local and federal policy recommendations.

A Guide To Savings Promotion

A Guide To Savings Promotion highlights best practices and offers recommendations for improving the D.C. EITC Campaign Savings Promotion Program.

Sophia Kortchmar

19th Class, 2012-2013 Field Placement: Bread for the City (Washington, DC) Sophia worked with Bread for the City’s Advocacy and Community Engagement department to support various client engagement projects within the organization. These included food justice organizing efforts, and the … Read more

Gilberto Soria Mendoza

19th Class, 2012-2013 Field Placement: Capitol Area Asset Builders (Washington, DC) Gilberto spearheaded the Savings Promotion component of the 2013 D.C. EITC Campaign. The campaign made it possible for low income individuals and families to file their taxes for free … Read more