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Emerson Fellow

David Kane

14th Class, 2007-2008

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.

Field placement: Medical Legal Partnership Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

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.

Policy placement: Center for American Progress

Washington, D.C.

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.