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Emerson Fellow

Lori Leibowitz

10th Class, 2003-2004

Field Placement:  Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)

Lori recruited and organized members of Voices Against Hunger, a grassroots group organized by Hunger Task Force taking action on hunger issues with the goal of creating positive social change.  In 2003, the group worked to improve the Food Stamp Program and the Summer Food Service Program in Milwaukee County.  Lori helped to shepherd the group into action by encouraging activism, educating members, and developing members’ leadership skills.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Developing Leaders in a Community Group is a comprehensive guide to developing community leaders.  The guide is designed to assist other community groups in replicating the structure of Voices Against Hunger, and it includes instructions on how to plan and run various trainings, useful forms—such as a leader tracking chart and a workshop evaluation form, sample workshops on food stamps and citizen advocacy, and references to other leadership training resources.

Policy Placement: National Coalition for the Homeless (Washington, DC)

Lori assisted with housing policy at NCH by producing educational materials related to the Bringing America Home Act, the National Housing Trust Fund, and other housing issues.  She also researched federal, state, and local affordable housing programs and writing policy statements based on this research.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:

Originally from New Jersey, Lori graduated from Brown University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  At Brown, Lori wrote an honors thesis on changing attitudes and stereotypes about the homeless community, directed the social justice branch of the Jewish student organization, and participated in the Student Hunger and Housing Action Coalition (SHHAC).  She also did extensive volunteer work and coordinated Brown’s first Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.