14th Class, 2007-2008
Field Placement: Drake University Law School Agricultural Law Center (Des Moines, IA)
In collaboration with Iowa’s Department of Education, Will researched the Summer Food Service Program, promoted best practices, helped reduce the gap between eligible and enrolled children, and helped increase the use of local Iowa produce in the program.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Drake University and the Congressional Hunger Center’s Presidential Voter Education Guide on Hunger Issues outlines the hunger and food security platform of six of the 2008 Presidential candidates.
Policy Placement: Corporation for Enterprise Development (Washington, DC)
Will researched and analyzed federal asset-building policies to promote savings options for low-income people. By building alliances with local and national economic development practitioners, private businesses, and non-traditional constituencies, Will facilitated the broader adoption of automatic employee enrollment into savings and investment features.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Will graduated from Davidson College with a degree he designed in rural poverty studies. At Davidson, Will directed an a cappella group, led students in the National Coalition for the Homeless’ Urban Plunge, participated in a “reverse mission trip” to Nicaragua and renovated homes with the Appalachia Service Project. After graduation, Will assisted in Louisiana’s recovery process as Field Coordinator for Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans, and worked in rural Uganda for Promic to strengthen female entrepreneurs’ access to micro-loans.