12th Class, 2005-2006
Field Placement: Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (Boston, MA)
David researched and promoted food stamp participation for elderly and disabled populations of Massachusetts. He performed in-office outreach to advocates and legal service providers and conducted outreach seminars at elderly and disabled community centers, residential facilities, and group living homes. He also promoted the second phase of a food stamp enrollment program that extends benefits to low-income seniors, and collaborated with state officials to advocate for increased food stamp participation.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Intra-agency Barriers to Food Stamps: Maximizing Benefits for Elders and Persons with Disabilities in Massachusetts is a summary of suggestions from advocates on ways to improve enrollment of elders and persons with disabilities in Massachusetts’ Food Stamp Program. The report includes correspondence with state officials, suggestions on how to expand the medical expense deduction, and a review of a recent food stamp demonstration project that targets special populations.
Policy Placement: National Coalition for the Homeless (Washington, DC)
David worked to ensure the civil rights of people experiencing homelessness by researching violence against people experiencing homelessness and the criminalization of homelessness in U.S. cities, speaking at national news conferences and community gatherings, and consulting with law enforcement and other officials on new systems that identify and process hate crimes against people experiencing homelessness.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
David graduated with honors from Davidson College, where he majored in English. He was elected junior class president, tutored special needs students, served as a camp counselor for disabled teenagers, and worked with Senator Fritz Hollings to support the shrimp industry in South Carolina. In the last two years, David studied refugee issues in Scotland, worked with indigenous populations in New Zealand, and spent a summer crewing a salmon boat in Alaska.