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Emerson Fellow

Catherine Giles

8th Class, 2001-2002

Catherine received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College, where she researched Alzheimer's disease, aging issues and adolescent obesity.

Field placement: Full Plate, Inc.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Catherine helped to start Full Plate, a non-profit dedicated to ending hunger through research, education and collaboration.  She completed a Community Food Security Needs Assessment study and established a coalition made up of various anti-hunger and poverty organizations throughout the state.  The mission of the coalition is to work together to end hunger in Hawaii.

Policy placement: National Head Start Association

Alexandria, Virginia

Catherine worked on health, hunger and nutrition issues for the Head Start Community.  She also organized a team of nutrition specialists across the country to establish a nutrition track for NHSA, and wrote several articles and fact sheets on Nutrition and Federal Assistance Programs, obesity, oral health care access, and physical activity.