Allison is from Los Angeles, California where she graduated from CSU Northridge with a BS in Global Supply Chain Management and a minor in Economics. While in school, she worked in many fields such as transportation planning, international affairs, economic development, and public policy. During her 2019-2020 service as a Peace Corps Mongolia health education volunteer, she became interested in the connections between sustainable agriculture, environmental health, and public health, which led her to pursue work in organic farming, environmental conservation, and food systems development. Now, Allison joins the 29th cohort of Emerson Fellows to work towards building a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable food system.
Field placement: Common Threads
Allison is working at Common Threads located in the Miami, Florida market with a focus on Marketing and Communications; She is supporting their marketing efforts by helping to build a diverse archive of photo/video assets, crafting blogs/articles through storytelling, attributing to their social media presence, and drafting both internal and external communication content. She is also helping expand Common Threads’ DEI efforts by assisting in drafting an inaugural progress report centered around the organization’s DEI projects. Allison is also learning the organization’s community work, teaching a weekly after-school cooking and nutrition education course to middle school students.
Policy placement: Bread for the World
Allison Bunyan is leading a project to analyze the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) in support of Bread for the World’s Farm Bill campaign. She is conducting informational interviews with GusNIP grantees, subgrantees, and beneficiaries across the country; Allison is using information she gathers to support Bread Organizers with Farm Bill advocacy, publish web articles for Bread's newsletter, and engage in qualitative research.