16th Class, 2009-2010
Field Placement: DC Hunger Solutions (Washington, DC)
Meisha conducted an analysis of senior hunger in the District of Columbia by assessing the capacity of federal nutrition programs to reach elderly populations at risk of hunger. Based on information and personal accounts compiled from researchers, program administrators, and community members, Meisha made recommendations for senior-serving federal nutrition programs and shared her findings with the Mayor’s Commission on Food and Nutrition.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Considering the Costs of Senior Hunger and the Benefits of Federal Nutrition Programs explores factors affecting food security among older DC residents, the impact of hunger on individuals’ quality of life, and assesses the value of federal nutrition programs in relation to public health expenditures associated with treating the outcomes of hunger.
Policy Placement: The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Washington, DC)
Meisha worked with the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change to research health and economic impacts of climate change on African-Americans and other communities of color. By tracking national developments addressing climate change and writing blogs, she informed the Climate Change Initiative’s work to evaluate climate equity in adaptation and mitigation strategies.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Meisha is a 2009 honors graduate of Guilford College, earning a degree in community and justice studies with a concentration in non-profit management. As one of two students completing the Interdisciplinary Leadership for Social Change program, she also served as a Multicultural Leadership Scholar, Judicial Board member, and volunteered with various organizations doing direct service and capacity building projects. During a semester of study in Ghana, she coordinated outreach events in rural areas with a local NGO focused on health promotion.