10th Class, 2003-2004
Field Placement: Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)
Katherine served as a Field Assessor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which is offered at hundreds of sites in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. She performed the first-ever assessment of local CACFP utilization, dialoguing with participants and administrators and using the research to identify strengths and weaknesses of the program’s administration.
Hunger Free Community Report:
The Child and Adult Care Food Program in Milwaukee County is a comprehensive assessment of this federal feeding program’s utilization in Milwaukee County. The report includes results of a survey project of all family home daycare providers and group childcare centers in Milwaukee County, summaries of interviews conducted with 40 CACFP stakeholders from all program settings, and a mapping project depicting gaps in CACFP participation.
Policy Placement: National Conference of State Legislatures (Washington, DC)
Katherine worked with NCSL’s Human Services Committee researching state implementation issues in the Child Nutrition and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Reauthorization process. She also worked with NCSL’s Immigrant Policy Project researching immigrant access to federal nutrition programs, particularly Food Stamps.
Originally from southern California, Katherine is a graduate of Boston College where she majored in Political Science and minored in Faith, Peace, and Justice Studies. She participated in a variety of BC’s volunteer programs, including an immersion trip to the US-Mexico Border. She interned with immigrants’ rights organizations such as the Migrant Legal Action Project in Washington, D.C. and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition in Boston, Massachusetts. Katherine spent a semester in Washington, D.C. where she completed a research project about immigrants and food stamp eligibility. She expanded on this research in her senior thesis on immigrants and welfare.