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Emerson Fellow

Cara Claflin

27th Class, 2020-2021

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cara graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2018 with a Bachelor of Individualized Studies in Mass Communication, Political Science, and African American and African Studies. During college, she completed internships with municipal and state government, served as a mentor for K-8th grade students, and attended the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program’s Junior Summer Institute at the University of California – Berkeley. Since graduating, Cara has worked for PPIA to connect students from underrepresented communities with public service opportunities and Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota to advocate for policies that support children living in poverty. She is passionate about eliminating hunger and poverty in order to reduce the opportunity gap for youth.

Field placement: Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

Portland, Oregon