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Emerson Fellow

Tadeo Melean

20th Class, 2013-2014

Field Placement: Logan Square Neighborhood Association (Chicago, IL)

Tadeo developed and implemented a public awareness campaign on the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosed Rental Property Ordinance in the Logan Square, Avondale, and Hermosa neighborhoods in the northwest side of Chicago. Tadeo provided information to at-risk tenants in the foreclosure process and connected them with pro-bono resources.

Hunger Free Community Report: 

Keep Chicago Renting: Grassroots Implementation of a Chicago City Ordinance is a resource for advocates and organizers working on tenants’ rights. It provides an outline of the new city ordinance and a model for how to reach out to vulnerable tenants. 

Policy Placement: National Conference of State Legislatures (Washington, DC)

Tadeo researched hunger issues and wrote fact sheets and legis-briefs for State legislators as part of NCSL’s Hunger Partnership Project. He also tracked immigration legislation across the states and provided research assistance as part of the Immigrant Policy Project and the Task Force on Immigration and the States.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

Originally from La Paz, Bolivia, Tadeo grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in sociology and earned an undergraduate honors degree from the Graduate School of Education. Tadeo interned with Harvesters Food Bank in Kansas City, where he worked to extend resources to Latino communities in the region. Tadeo also worked in Cape Town, South Africa with Abalimi Bezekhaya, a nonprofit focused on community gardens in socio-economically neglected townships. At Stanford, Tadeo completed an honors thesis on the impact of multicultural history curricula and was the news editor and a writer for El Aguila, Stanford’s Student-run Latino Issues Publication.

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