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Emerson Fellow

Faith Nyrienda

11th Class, 2004-2005

Field Placement:  Center for Economic Progress (Chicago, IL)

Faith worked to connect hunger-related organizations to outreach for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by linking the Center to key anti-hunger partners and organizations.  Faith established these working relationships to exchange information regarding program services and initiatives, and encouraged ongoing collaborative EITC outreach/anti-hunger efforts to benefit low-income families.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Linking Anti-Hunger Organizations to Free Tax Preparation outlines the various outreach efforts of the Center to connect clients of emergency food providers in Chicago and Illinois to the EITC through the Tax Counseling Project’s free tax services.

Policy Placement:  America’s Second Harvest (Washington, DC)

Faith worked to help develop an EITC outreach strategy for America’s Second Harvest.   She facilitated involvement between the organization’s affiliates, the Internal Revenue Service, and other stakeholders.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

Faith graduated from the University of Southern California in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  She participated in USC’s Alternative Spring Break program in Uruguay and Argentina where she helped create a sustainable garden for the elderly in Montevideo and restored a community kitchen.  Faith has also been involved with organizations that provide enrichment and educational programming to children from low-income families and foster children.