14th Class, 2007-2008
Field Placement: Boston Medical Center, Medical Legal Partnership for Children (Boston, MA)
Collaborating with lawyers and pediatricians, David worked to address hunger and nutrition from a children’s health perspective. He assisted patient families with food stamp applications and low-income utility discounts, conducted intakes at the Energy Clinic, advocated for clients with government agencies, and participated in state-wide hunger advocacy efforts.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Food Stamps and Immigrant Families: How Health Care Workers Can Improve Child Health makes the case for food stamps as a tool to improve the health of immigrant children, providing medical professionals with facts and culturally appropriate information to encourage immigrant families to apply for food stamps.
Policy Placement: Center for American Progress (Washington, DC)
David researched federal, state, and local efforts to improve the economic conditions of the poor and middle class for the Poverty and Prosperity Program. He also provided communications support for the coalition-based campaign to cut poverty in half by 2017.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
David graduated from Northwestern University in 2007 with a degree in education and social policy and a minor in history. At Northwestern, he organized youth in Chicago, volunteered at a local homeless shelter, led alternative spring break trips to Atlanta and San Francisco, earned a certificate in service learning, and studied abroad in Spain. He has served as a policy intern at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, worked as a children’s fitness instructor and camp counselor, and studied undocumented unaccompanied immigrant minors in the American legal system.