13th Class, 2006-2007
Field Placement: FoodChange (New York, NY)
Eliberty developed and implemented a community food security assessment of Corona, Queens. She conducted a retail food assessment, analyzed the data, created a GIS food map of the community, and garnered media attention to the lack of healthy and affordable food options in Corona. Eliberty also organized community meetings where she presented her data and mobilized community members to take part in increasing the food security of the local community.
Hunger Free Community Report:
The Paradox of Abundance: Access to Healthy Food in Corona, Queens evaluates food quality, accessibility, and availability in bodegas and supermarkets in a diverse community in New York City. A 7-minute educational documentary video accompanying the report illustrates the benefits and challenges facing Corona residents seeking access to nutritious food.
Policy Placement: RESULTS Educational Fund (Washington, DC)
Eliberty worked as a grassroots organizer to start up new RESULTS groups in the Northeast and to expand RESULTS’ activist network. She focused on increasing participation among youth, people of color, and low-income people. Eliberty also facilitated advocacy workshops at the C.O.O.L. Idealist National Conference and the RESULTS International Conference.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Eliberty earned a BS in Policy and Management in 2006 from Carnegie Mellon University where she was a leader in the Spanish and Latin American Student Association. She also worked at an immigration law firm while completing the Public Law Program semester at American University. Eliberty served as a policy intern for the 9/11 United Services Group, where she conducted outreach to those affected by the World Trade Center attacks.