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Emerson Fellow

Robert Zager

10th Class, 2003-2004

Field Placement:  Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force (Portland, OR)

Bob assessed the utilization of the Food Stamp Program, Summer Food Service Program, and After School Snack and Meal Program in three Oregon counties to help increase program participation.  He collected and analyzed data to identify areas of high need and studied the potential for expansion by identifying local partners and leading outreach efforts, which included educating potential community partners, securing community support, exploring options for overcoming barriers to participation, and developing suggestions for improving program operations at the local level.  Bob also worked with the Oregon Tax Credit Coalition to coordinate the Earned Income Tax Credit outreach efforts of numerous public and private organizations.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Overcoming Barriers to Access of Federal Food Programs is a report on the utilization of federal food programs and a corresponding set of fact sheets exploring barriers to program access and possible solutions in three Oregon counties.

Policy Placement: Association for Career and Technical Education (Alexandria, VA)

Bob gathered and compiled state information on effective career and technical education programs in communities throughout the country.  He also tracked and analyzed legislative developments affecting career and technical programs and developing advocacy materials for use by ACTE members.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:

Bob graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003 with a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Political Economy.  He led a student service trip to Guatemala and participated in service trips to Ghana and New Mexico.  Bob spent a summer in Ghana as an intern for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, served as a student government senator and committee chair, and was active in spiritual retreat and social justice group leadership.