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Emerson Fellow

Kaitlin Gravitt

13th Class, 2006-2007

Kaitlin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2005, with a double major in Women’s Studies and Psychology. She spent a semester in Italy, studied Spanish in Guatemala, and researched gendered violence in the Rwandan genocide and Darfur. Kaitlin has also worked for the Los Angeles Service Employees International Union and for a civil rights law firm.  

Field placement: Atlanta Community Food Bank

Atlanta, Georgia

Kaitlin worked to increase awareness, accessibility, and participation in the Food Stamp and Earned Income Tax Credit programs in Atlanta.  She worked with community partners to create an asset development/EITC and Food Stamp outreach manual and conducted a pilot program for EITC and Food Stamp outreach through multi-benefit screening by organizing collaborative networks in two low-income Atlanta communities.

Policy placement: Center for Community Change

Washington, D.C.

Kaitlin worked with the low-wage worker division to research, develop, and organize a campaign aimed at improving the wages and working conditions of poultry workers in the South.  Kaitlin also provided legislative analysis to staff and grassroots organizations on immigration reform and on the impact of telecommunications legislation on Native American communities.