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Emerson Fellow

Nicole Alvarado

13th Class, 2006-2007

Field Placement: Farm to Table (Santa Fe, NM)

Nicole worked with communities in southern New Mexico to continue a three year community food security assessment, “Closing New Mexico’s Food Gap.”  Through the collection of qualitative data and extensive food source mapping, she documented the potential “gaps” between people and food.  Nicole presented the project to community leaders with the goal of improving every New Mexican’s access to nutritious, affordable, and culturally significant foods.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Closing New Mexico’s Food Gap describes options for increasing access to affordable and nutritious foods in rural and underserved areas of New Mexico, and promotes grocery stores as a means of economic development.

Policy Placement: Volunteers of America (Alexandria, VA)

Nicole researched the impact of homelessness on the health, education, and developmental outcomes of children.  She also used the data she collected to create educational outreach materials for VOA and its advocacy partners.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:  

Nicole is a 2006 graduate of Humboldt State University, with a degree in Human Communication and a minor in Leadership Studies.  She was student body president, the official representative of the HSU student body to campus administrators, the local community, and the State of California.  Nicole was also appointed to the City of Arcata’s Homeless Task Force in 2004; in this capacity she worked with community members to create a 10 year affordable housing plan for the residents of Arcata.