Lexie Holden graduated from the University of Chicago in 2020 with degrees in Political Science and Germanic Studies, as well as a minor in Human Rights. While studying at Chicago, she served as Special Projects Manager for State Senator Kwame Raoul where she worked, among many things, on combating food deserts in Chicago's South Side. Lexie also has done anti-hunger work in Seattle, Washington, with Pike Place Market, and wrote an article for Human Rights magazine on food justice as economic justice while interning with the American Bar Association's Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice in Washington, D.C. Lexie is also a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Field placement: Native American Agriculture Fund
Lexie is currently completing her field work at the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Her research focuses on the Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) agents’ experiences, successes, challenges, needs, and community impact. Lexie's work examines Native American agriculture through an assets-based lens in order to showcase the resiliency and strength of Indian Country.
Policy placement: Food Research & Action Center