15th Class, 2008-2009
Field Placement: The Food Project (Boston, MA)
Nico evaluated the impact of a pilot program that introduced food stamp machines (EBT terminals) at farmers markets in low-income Boston neighborhoods. Nico also supported the efforts of the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness by organizing a community meeting series to discuss their food and fitness community assessment findings and identify policy priorities for making healthy food and active living accessible to all Boston families.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Undoing Inequity: Boston’s EBT Farmers’ Market Initiative highlights the achievements of the new program and provides evidence that investing in urban farmers’ markets with EBT terminals is an effective model for improving the availability and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables in low-income communities.
Policy Placement: Center for American Progress (Washington, DC)
Nico worked with the Poverty and Prosperity Program drafting reports, issue briefs, and public education materials on poverty and hunger with a focus on child nutrition and food access. Nico also authored the issue brief “Poverty in the LGBT Community.”
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Originally from California and Oregon, Nico graduated from Smith College in 2006 with a degree in government and a minor in sociology. Nico was involved in campus organizations devoted to racial and economic justice, immigrant rights, and Transgender equality. After college, Nico worked as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Policy Fellow in the office of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) where Nico promoted the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus, organized a briefing series on race and poverty, and helped publish the first anti-poverty task force report for the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Nico also worked in the Office of Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) as a staff assistant.