Alexa graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in dietetics. Her passion for nutrition education began her sophomore year, when she secured a grant and developed a free, monthly nutrition education and cooking program at the Family Resource Center for the community of Oxford, Ohio. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps FoodCorps service member in Washington, D.C. where she is partnered with a local non-profit organization that teaches garden and nutrition education to elementary school students. She has been an avid advocate for this community and has most recently worked to secure additional funding for Washington, D.C.’s School Breakfast program.
Field placement: Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council
Alexa partnered with the Greater Cincinnati Food Policy Council, an organization whose goal is to advance a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system for all within Greater Cincinnati's ten-county region through policy, systems, and environmental change. As the Healthy Food and Organizations Fellow, Alexa conducted background research and interviews with regional healthy food access and literacy organizations on their current work, future goals and needs. In collaboration with her field site partner, Caroline George, Alexa wrote a report to share her research findings — including best practices and recommendations for innovative, multi-pronged interventions to connect healthcare and food justice sectors.
Policy placement: RESULTS