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Emerson Fellow

Girmay Zahilay

16th Class, 2009-2010

Field Placement: City Harvest (New York City, NY)

Girmay documented the obstacles to healthy food access in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, by interviewing community members and analyzing existing data on diet related illness.  He also spearheaded the Healthy Corner Stores Initiative in Staten Island, working with corner storeowners to expand their capacity to serve healthier products to low-income families.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Community Food Assessment of Bedford-Stuyvesant documents the severely limited access to healthy foods in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn and the effect this has on community health.

Policy Placement: RESULTS (Washington, DC)

Girmay supported the 2010 tax policy campaign by researching and compiling information on various tax reform proposals, specifically policy measures to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and asset-building policies. He also trained and supported new activists around the country to build the organization’s grassroots capacity.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

Girmay is a 2009 graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a degree in biological sciences. On campus, he served as the president of the Black Student Union, the president of his Sophomore Class, a member of the Spoken Word Collective, a mentor in the East Palo Alto Boys & Girls Club, and a resident assistant for his dorm. He is originally from Seattle, WA.