Anne Marie Noll is originally from the Hill Country outside of San Antonio, Texas, and studied cross-cultural studies history, peace studies, and Spanish with a minor in Latin American studies at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. During her time at Whitworth, she helped lead Kipos, an environmental and food justice group that advocated for environmental issues, and ran a university community garden. She further developed her interest in food justice by working with nonprofits, farmers markets, and food councils in Eastern Washington that are fighting food insecurity. After graduating, she spent a year in Bogotá, Colombia as a Fulbright Scholar teaching English at Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores and giving lectures on climate change and food security issues in the United States. She then moved to Boston to serve at the Mayor’s Office of Food Access as a FoodCorps service member, working to improve the quality of school meals throughout Boston Public Schools and teaching cooking and gardening at a bilingual public school in East Boston.
Field placement: Native American Agriculture Fund
Anne Marie collaborated with the Native American Agriculture Fund in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a charitable trust that grants to eligible organizations for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to support Native farmers and ranchers. In her role, she investigated a range of market access possibilities for Native farmers and ranchers centered on the unique challenges and opportunities faced by tribal producers.
Policy placement: Food Research & Action Center
At the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Anne Maire quickly pivoted to support COVID-19 responses in federal child nutrition programs while in quarantine after the FRAC office shuttered. She helped track and compile data for web based resources on national child nutrition responses surrounding school meal site finders, nationwide waivers, transition to summer food, and planning for the next school year. She spent much of her time tracking Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT), an entirely new federal program, by providing constituent support, program analysis, tracking updates, writing blogs and hosting webinars to ensure access to this essential program.