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Emerson Fellow

Daniel Lau

16th Class, 2009-2010

Field Placement: New Mexico Community Foundation (Albuquerque, NM)

Daniel worked to increase Albuquerque Public School (APS) students’ participation in the National School Lunch Program. He analyzed data from the census and geographic information systems to identify students who were eligible but not enrolled in the program.  Daniel also provided research and support to the APS Growing Gardens Team in the creation of their “Growing the Outdoor Classroom” report.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Hungry Souls, Richly Nourished provides policy and programmatic recommendations to increase student access, enrollment, and participation in the National School Lunch Program in Albuquerque within the confines of school district budgets.

Policy Placement: Feeding America (Washington, DC)

Daniel expanded Feeding America’s “Hunger Champions” Program, an advocacy campaign with the goal of cultivating a nation-wide movement to end hunger.  He crafted strategic recruitment and implementation plans, collected and published best practices, and developed advocacy toolkits for advocates. Daniel also researched and authored a report documenting the differences among state implementations of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

Daniel is from San Diego and graduated in 2007 from the University of California San Diego with a degree in human biology and a minor in music. He earned a Masters in Public Health from Boston University in 2009. He has served as a facilitator and peer educator at the Cross-Cultural Center and managed an HIV/AIDS awareness photography project with Massachusetts Asian & Pacific-Islanders for Health. He also worked for the Food Project mentoring high school students on a local, sustainable farm.