9th Class, 2002-2003
Field Placement: Idaho Community Action Network (Boise, ID)
Jennifer conducted homevisits with low-income ICAN members around the state to collect their stories about hunger. She also assisted with administration of ICAN’s statewide Food Program, particularly by helping to initiate outreach to the Hispanic community and by assisting with trainings for Local Food Program leaders.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Fixing Food Stamps: Two simple Changes State Leaders Can Make to Address Idaho’s Hunger Problem, an analysis of the Food Stamp Program in Idaho, including interviews with low-income families, suggesting that the implementation of two state options—eliminating the vehicle asset test when determining eligibility, and removing cumbersome reporting and recertification procedures—would dramatically increase participation in the Program.
Policy Placement: Center for Community Change (Washington, DC)
Jennifer worked in the Public Policy Unit, assisting with research, analysis, and communication in the Jobs & Economic Security and Income Support teams. She focused primarily on Tax and Budget proposals and TANF (welfare) reauthorization.
Jennifer graduated from Dartmouth College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. At Dartmouth, she chaired the Dartmouth College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and participated in a number of other local and statewide homelessness and affordable housing groups, and interned at the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, D.C., where she worked on Civil Rights and Public Education. She was a 2001 Sagner Fellow at the Century Institute at Williams College and spent a term studying in Mexico.