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Emerson Fellow

Marie Lawrence

17th Class, 2010-2011

Field Site: Arizona Community Action Association (Phoenix, AZ)

Marie worked to improve SNAP outreach to Latino communities in Arizona by designing a plan to increase community input in outreach design and implementation efforts.  She analyzed statewide data to identify neighborhoods for increased outreach; sought input from Latino non-profit and community leaders on barriers to SNAP participation; and synthesized interviewee recommendations for changes to future outreach.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Around a Common Table: Advancing Community-Based SNAP Outreach for Latino Households in Arizona summarizes findings from community interviews and quantitative analyses to document the level and location of Latino under-enrollment in SNAP in Arizona, the most commonly reported barriers to SNAP participation for Latino households, and recommendations for improving SNAP outreach.

Policy Site: National Conference of State Legislatures (Washington, DC)

Marie worked with the NCSL Hunger Partnership connecting state legislators with corporate and non-profit partners to raise the visibility of hunger and offer innovative solutions. She created a toolkit for convening public-private partnerships and compiling state policy options available to legislators interested in reducing hunger in their states. She also performed legislative research and analysis on state immigration policy issues.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

Marie graduated from Duke University in 2010 with a degree in public policy studies. She served as a soup kitchen volunteer, the moderator of Duke’s Presbyterian campus ministry, and a member of United in Praise gospel choir. She interned in the education and health care departments at United Way of New York City and with the Food Policy Coordinator in the New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. She completed an honors thesis on the relationship between access to food stores and chain retail pharmacies in New York City.