Amy received her B.A. in global economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps Farm to School Nutrition Educator and Liaison in six Madison Metropolitan Elementary Schools. She then followed her desire to be more hands-on in the classroom and moved to northwest Detroit, MI to teach the 5th grade. In college, she participated in the Ethiopian Medical Services Project in the School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Surgery.
Field placement: Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
Amy conducted qualitative research on the federal Summer EBT for Children (SEBTC) pilot program. She explored the program’s impact on the lived experiences of participating kids, families, and communities. She conducted one-on-one interviews across the state to capture the profound effect the SEBTC has had on reducing childhood food insecurity in Oregon and around the nation.
Policy placement: National Farm to School Network
Amy created an advocacy toolkit for the network's members, Core Partners, and potential stakeholders. The toolkit will enhance NFSN's efforts to better support low-income communities and communities of color in farm to school and food system transformation efforts. Working with the National Voices Project, Amy disseminated new data that draws attention to the access barriers from the perspective of schools, families, and students. This new information provides essential capacity for NFSN and its members to ensure a healthy and thriving food system for all.