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Emerson Fellow

Sean Coffey

10th Class, 2003-2004

Field Placement:  Human Services Coalition (Miami, FL)

Sean served as a member of the Food Stamp Outreach Team at the Human Services Coalition.  He coordinated efforts to bring together business, nonprofit, faith, and grassroots community groups for the development of a common agenda and action plan for a hunger-free Miami.  Sean also worked to develop relationships with Miami-Dade grocers and retailers in order to encourage them to assist in outreach and serve as strong allies for the Food Stamp Program.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Hungry in Florida: Three Options in the Food Stamp Program to Help Alleviate Poverty and Improve Food Security examines three federal options that Florida can adopt to dramatically improve its Food Stamp Program.  The report recommends that the state agency administering Food Stamps change its sanctions policy, automate short-term Food Stamp benefits to families leaving welfare, and restructure its vehicle restrictions.

Policy Site:  National League of Cities (Washington, DC)

Sean worked with NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families on the Helping Working Families Project.  He provided technical assistance to six cities as they worked with NLC to improve their multi-benefits outreach campaigns so that more eligible people could access programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Food Stamps, and Medicaid.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:

Sean is a graduate of Colorado College where he majored in Sociology.  In college, he chaired a Head Start volunteer group as well as an Adaptive volunteer ski program that works with disabled skiers in Breckenridge, Colorado.  He was awarded a Colorado College Spirit award in 2002 and the Center for Community Service’s Class of 1981 Award for Outstanding Service in 2003; served as a class officer, student government representative, annual fund volunteer; and was an opinions writer for the student newspaper.  He also chaired two successful Thanksgiving food drives at CC that sent more than $800 each to Care and Share, a local food bank.