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Emerson Fellow

Cody Fischer

14th Class, 2007-2008

Field Placement: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (Duquesne, PA)

Cody helped restructure and develop a strategic plan for the Food Bank’s Farm Stand Project in order to improve access to fresh produce in Allegheny County’s low-income communities.  He worked to expand the project’s scope by developing goal setting and evaluation tools, mapping socio-economic and grocery access data, and coordinating with new partner organizations throughout the greater Pittsburgh area.

Hunger Free Community Report: 

Let Them Eat Carrots: Expanding Produce Access in the Greater Pittsburgh Area identifies the major barriers to access among vulnerable populations in current Farm Stand Project communities, explores the tradeoffs among alternative program models for improving produce access, and details a strategic plan for scaling up the Food Bank’s initiatives to reach Allegheny County’s most underserved populations.

Policy Placement: NETWORK (Washington, DC)

Cody collaborated with Catholic social justice organizations and Catholic communities from around the country to help plan a Convention for the Common Good in Philadelphia.  He helped to facilitate pre-convention dialogues to build the Platform for the Common Good and created a presidential candidate chart framed by the principles of Catholic social teaching.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience: 

Cody graduated with honors and departmental distinction from Saint John’s University in 2007 with a degree in economics.  He served on the student Senate, tutored Somali refugees at a local Boys and Girls Club, studied abroad in China and France, and represented students on the Saint John’s University Board of Regents.  Cody also worked as a government relations intern at CentraCare Health System, launched a non-profit business with a team of fellow Entrepreneurial Scholars, and wrote an honors thesis on the impact of trade liberalization on human development in West Africa.