19th Class, 2012-2013
Field Placement: Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Elaine supported four farmers’ markets that work to increase access to local, healthy food for low-income consumers. She researched and developed innovative evaluation methodologies that community organizations can use to track the impact that farmers’ markets have on nutrition, food access, social capital, and civic participation.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Farmers’ Markets Fighting Hunger: Lessons from the Farmers’ Market and Community Food Consignment Program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona discusses the role of farmers’ markets in food bank programming and anti-hunger work. The report gives special attention to the experiences of low-income customers and food producers at Community Food Bank markets in Tucson, AZ.
Policy Placement: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC)
Elaine researched opportunities for the Office of Early Childhood Development to support American Indian and Alaska Native child health and nutrition. She conducted a literature review and interviewed federal and tribal leaders to assess the state of child health and nutrition in Indian country. Elaine also researched the scope of federal nutrition programs operating in tribal communities and explored opportunities for enhanced collaboration between federal programs serving Native children.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Elaine grew up in Woodinville, WA, and graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with B.S. and M.S. degrees in interdisciplinary earth systems science. As an undergraduate she did national-level public opinion research with the Political Psychology Research Group, and through various projects helped map local food systems in both Hawaii and California. As a master’s student, she partnered with a South African nonprofit to conduct community-based research on urban farming knowledge systems. Elaine was the 2012 recipient of the William Whitley Citizen-Scholar Award.