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Leland Fellow

Amy Ostrander

6th Class, 2011-2013

Field Placement: Save the Children, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Amy worked with Save the Children International on a large-scale nutrition, livelihoods and disaster risk reduction program in rural Bangladesh. As the Research and Evaluation Fellow, Amy was in charge of formulating and implementing a qualitative monitoring and evaluation system. This included designing protocols, data collection tools and training staff.  She also initiated an operational research study on the commodity food provided through the U.S. Title II food aid program. Finally, Amy served on the Ensuring Life and Livelihoods Program’s final evaluation team.

Policy Placement: Save the Children US, Washington, DC

As a member of Save the Children US’s Department of Hunger and Livelihoods, Amy reviewed and mapped the department’s experience in beneficiaries’ resilience so they are better able to cope with shocks and stresses. She continued her work on the operational research study of commodity food distributed through the Title II food aid program in Bangladesh. She also worked with the Public Policy and Advocacy team to coordinate Save the Children’s food security policy efforts, in  partnership with NGO partners in key coalitions such as the Roadmap to End Hunger and Interaction.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Amy served in Guatemala as a Peace Corps Agricultural Marketing Volunteer in indigenous coffee-growing communities. On returning home, she worked as a strategic planner for a food bank in Kalamazoo before receiving a Master’s in Public Affairs with a concentration in International Development from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. While studying for her MPA, Amy helped to establish a National Waste Management Association in Monrovia, Liberia as an intern with CHF International. Amy received her BA in International Studies and Spanish with minors in Nonprofit Leadership and Business from Western Michigan University.