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Emerson Fellow

Lauren Forbes

12th Class, 2005-2006

Field Placement: Children First of Oregon (Portland, OR)

Lauren conducted research that documented the link between the high cost of child care and food insecurity in Oregon.  Her project employed both quantitative and qualitative methods, including statistical analysis and personal interviews.  During the research process, she collaborated with the Oregon Child Care Research Partnership and the Child Care Improvement Project to glean and summarize data and propose policy solutions.

Hunger Free Community Report:

The Cost of Child Care explores family financial stability by focusing on the affordability of child care.  The report uses Oregon Food Bank survey data to correlate families that incur high child care costs with the incidences of food insecurity.  It also includes the voices and perspectives of Oregon families and child care providers.  The Cost of Child Care provides the content for a policy brief on child care that was distributed to policymakers, the media, and the general public.

Policy Placement: Share Our Strength (Washington, DC)

Lauren worked to grow and increase the impact of the Hinges of Hope program, a series of tours built around specific themes to create understanding and inspire action by connecting Share Our Strength’s corporate partners and executives with communities and their leaders in new ways.  She led the research and guiding the design of new trips that focus on childhood hunger in Los Angeles, Appalachia, New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta, Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

Lauren graduated from Vassar College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and correlate sequences in Economics and Philosophy.  As one of Vassar’s Community Action coordinators, Lauren facilitated student volunteerism in youth and women’s services for two years.  She also worked for campaign finance reform with Democracy Matters, and was a member of Hunger Action, an organization that coordinates hunger banquets and student involvement with Poughkeepsie’s soup kitchen.  Originally from Tampa, Florida, Lauren studied in London and Washington, D.C., and interned for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and with Co-op America, where she worked on Fair Trade campaigns.