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Emerson Fellow

Dani Gilmour

22nd Class, 2015-2016

Field Placement: Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (Tucson, AZ)

Dani developed a capacity assessment to identify infrastructure and programmatic assets and needs of the anti-hunger programs that partner with the food bank. Dani then developed a handbook and technical assistance curriculum to increase the capacity of partner agencies by ensuring a dignified experience at their emergency food programs.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Ensuring a Dignified Experience: Why and How is a handbook for staff, board, volunteers, members and clients of emergency food programs with best practices for addressing the root causes of hunger, ensuring dignified programmatic operations and personal interactions, and working for equitable political, social, and economic systems.

Policy Placement: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (Washington, D.C.)

Dani is developing an advocacy toolkit for local communities working to de-criminalize homelessness across the U.S. Dani is supporting advocates with marginalized identities throughout this process to ensure their priorities lead the effort.

Education and Experience:

Dani grew up in Cheney, Washington and graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with a B.A. in community, environment and planning with honors. As the Advocacy and Communications Assistant with the Washington Food Coalition, Dani worked on an advocacy campaign to support state funding for food banks and meal programs. Dani also led trainings about advocating for just and sustainable food systems at the federal level with the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group. At UW, Dani was a passionate student activist and the coordinator of Husky Real Food Challenge, a campus campaign for more ecologically sound, fair, local and humane food.