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Emerson Fellow

Adrienne Alexander

14th Class, 2007-2008

Field Placement: Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans and Acadiana (New Orleans, LA)

Adrienne organized community members for an Acadiana Community Food Security Conference and established a regional food policy coalition in the Lake Charles and Lafayette metropolitan areas of southwest Louisiana.  She also laid the groundwork for an Agency Advisory Council to advise the Food Bank on issues of importance to member agencies.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Fighting Hunger with Policy: A Model for Establishing a Food Policy Coalition includes profiles of the Acadiana Food Policy Coalition’s ten parishes, practical notes on organizing, materials from the Acadiana Community Food Security Conference, and recommendations.

Policy Placement: Center for Community Change (Washington, DC)

Adrienne helped to inform the low-wage work division’s 2009 policy agenda by working with coalition members, tracking legislation, and researching existing models.  Adrienne also developed materials about the right to organize, the enforcement of existing labor laws, the minimum wage, and workforce development issues.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience: 

Adrienne graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2007 with a degree in political science and minors in Spanish and history.  She served as captain of the tennis team, launched her college’s chapter of Rock the Vote, and was an active member of Latinas Unidas.  Adrienne has interned with the Atlanta City Council and WABE radio (Atlanta’s NPR affiliate), volunteered teaching English to Latin American immigrants, and studied abroad in Oviedo, Spain.  In 2006 Adrienne was named a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow.