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Leland Fellow

Maria Omulubi

11th Class, 2021-2023

Maria is a practitioner of agricultural development in East Africa, where she has supported organizations to scale service and training delivery to smallholder farmers. Her work focuses on the intersection of people and food security. Prior to becoming a fellow, Maria held senior roles at One Acre Fund, a social impact organization that serves 500,000 farmers across Kenya. There, she managed an agricultural extension team of 1500, designed program operations, and led organizational initiatives to improve employee engagement, equity, and well-being. Earlier in her career, Maria coordinated urban farmer training at Mazingira Institute, with a particular focus on youth farmers. She also contributed to research on urban food security and housing access. She lives with her family in Kenya and holds a BA in International Development from American University.

Host Organization: Rise Against Hunger

First Year Placement
Nairobi, Kenya, Torit, South Sudan, and Karonga, Malawi

Maria is working with Rise Against Hunger as a Strategy and Operations Advisor, with a focus on improving food security in school settings. As a member of the Global Impact team, Maria is leading program design and implementation through a locally led approach. In South Sudan, Maria is a member of the project team for Empowering Leaders through Nutrition-Smart Agriculture. Rise Against Hunger has partnered with a residential school in a conflict area to support the transition from food assistance to full self-reliance through school-grown food. Together with the project team, Maria is developing a five-year implementation and scale strategy, as well as supporting the launch of a farmer field school. Additionally, Maria is designing locally sourced, impact-centered school meal procurement. This project is being piloted in Kenya.