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Emerson Fellow

Josh Blair

18th Class, 2011-2012

Field Placement: Northwest Harvest (Seattle, WA)

Josh examined advocacy engagement in Northwest Harvest’s partner programs (food banks, hot meal programs, and Three Squares backpack programs) and the people they serve.  He conducted interviews, researched advocacy initiatives, and compiled best practices to create a grassroots anti-hunger advocacy toolkit.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Advocating for Advocacy: A Starter’s Guide to Effectively Advocating for Anti-Hunger Issues in the State of Washington is a tool-kit for Northwest Harvest partner programs to engage more effectively in advocacy.

Policy Placement: Feeding America (Washington, D.C.)

Josh conducted an assessment of Feeding America’s network in order to increase and support their advocacy efforts on anti-hunger policies.  He restructured their policy engagement advocacy committee, organized advocacy campaigns in Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, and Oklahoma, and planned training events for the Child Hunger Corps.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:

A native Kentuckian, Josh is a 2011 Graduate of Centre College with a degree in anthropology and sociology.  He served as a Bonner Leader on campus, where he created a leadership curriculum for middle-school youth, coordinated service trips, and taught classes in Mexico.  Josh also served as Social Media Intern at Difference Makers International and the Service Coordinator at a program for at-risk students in rural Kentucky.