Samantha Stevens

Originally from Lawrenceville, Georgia, Samantha graduated from Emory University with a degree in Latin American history. While at Emory, Samantha interned at Tapestri, Inc, an organization that supports immigrant survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. She also founded a volunteer interpreting organization that assisted Atlanta elementary schools with high … Read more

Field placement: Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties (San Jose, California) Samantha conducted a community assessment to identify barriers, best practices, and areas of improvement for the implementation of summer meal programs in San Mateo … Read more

Sakeenah Shabazz

Sakeenah grew up in San Diego, CA and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in philosophy. She spent two summers doing plant biology research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies where she explored growth mechanisms in plants and its relation to food production. While at Georgetown, she consecutively … Read more

Field placement: Jesuit Social Research Institute (New Orleans, Louisiana) Sakeenah completed her field work with the Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) at Loyola University New Orleans, a group dedicated to transforming the Gulf South through action research, analysis, education, and … Read more

Margot Nitschke

Originally from Rochester, New York, Margot graduated from St. Lawrence University with a combined degree in sociology and environmental studies. While at SLU, she interned for a food recovery and community meal program, and was responsible for coordinating all facets of a weekly meal, including procuring and preparing food, organizing … Read more

Field placement: La Casa Norte (Chicago, Illinois) At La Casa Norte, Margot built the capacity of the Community Engagement and Food Initiatives departments by developing a volunteer resource guide that supports the Northwest Food Partners Network’s ability to recruit and … Read more

Imani Marshall

Imani Nia Marshall graduated from Amherst College with a degree in political science. At Amherst, Imani served as co-president of Amherst College chapter of GlobeMed, raising awareness of issues of global health equity and social justice. She also served as chapter head of the Roosevelt Institute at Amherst College where … Read more

Field placement: Market Umbrella (New Orleans, Louisiana) Imani worked with Market Umbrella to design a breastfeeding incentive program and WIC Cash Value Voucher at Crescent City Farmers Markets pilot program for mothers receiving WIC. These programs aim to increase access … Read more

Kyle Machicado

Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Kyle graduated from Stanford University in 2016 with a degree in human biology with a concentration in public health and sustainable development. At Stanford, Kyle was involved in anti-human trafficking advocacy work as part of the leadership of the Stanford chapter of the International Justice Mission. … Read more

Field placement: Dreaming Out Loud (Washington, DC) Kyle worked with the DC-based, food justice non-profit Dreaming Out Loud to develop evaluation metrics for measuring the food access impact of farmer’s markets in underserved communities. He also worked to develop a … Read more

Michelle Loo

Michelle grew up within a network of Chinese Malaysian immigrants in Queens and Philadelphia who helped her graduate from Barnard College in 2016. She graduated with a degree in urban studies and American history. With a passion for health and social justice, Michelle has interned at the Charles B. Wang … Read more

Field Placement: 9to5 Colorado (Denver, Colorado) Michelle’s field placement was at 9to5 Colorado, a national non-profit that organizes low-wage working-women to fight for economic justice through advocacy and leadership development. Michelle worked on several campaigns and developed community outreach, story … Read more

David Lazere

David was raised in Washington, DC, and graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in educational studies and public policy. He wrote his senior thesis about narratives of community involvement in policy discourses around community-controlled schools. While at Swarthmore, he worked with the College Access Center for Delaware County, leading … Read more

Field placement: Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties (San Jose, California) David conducted research, interviewed school district stakeholders, and analyzed federal breakfast participation data to survey the state of school breakfast participation in the Bay … Read more

Deondre’ Jones

Born and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Deondre’ graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in economics and a minor in nonprofit studies. During his time in college, Deondre’ worked with several different nonprofits, including the anti-human trafficking organization Walk Free. Moreover, he served as the onsite coordinator … Read more

Field placement: Market Umbrella (New Orleans, Louisiana) Deondre’ aggregated and analyzed data on various demographic indicators and levels of food access in all 64 of Louisiana’s parishes to establish priority areas for Louisiana’s statewide Healthy Food Retail Program. He developed … Read more

NaShawn Johnson

NaShawn is a recent graduate of Columbia University with a degree in urban studies and a concentration in political science. After college, NaShawn worked as a public policy research intern at Enterprise Community Partners where she identified ways to create and preserve affordable housing for low-income families. Prior to joining … Read more

Field placement: LA Kitchen (Los Angeles, California) NaShawn conducted a community assessment to identify the food security and nutrition issues experienced by seniors in Los Angeles County, California. By examining food access in low-income communities where the aging population is … Read more

Ray Chen

Born in Taiwan, Ray grew up in San Jose, CA and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology and a minor in African & African American studies. In college, he became deeply involved with Asian American communities both on and off-campus, through which he first developed a … Read more

Field placement: Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) (Los Angeles, California) Ray coordinated a community food assessment (CFA) of the Skid Row neighborhood with LA CAN’s food justice committee, Team Food. The community-based participatory research project was both qualitative and … Read more

Anne Marie Buron

Born and raised in Oakdale, MN, Anne Marie studied environmental studies and anthropology at Macalester College. Through the Bonner Scholars Program, a program committed to community service and social justice, she developed a citizenship curriculum and free childcare program at a local community organization in St Paul, MN. She also … Read more

Field Placement: Illinois Hunger Coalition (Chicago, Illinois) Anne Marie supported the Illinois Hunger Coalition (IHC)’s advocacy work around a subset of SNAP recipients known as able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). Anne Marie researched SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) program best … Read more

Ashley Burnside

Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ashley graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a degree in social theory and practice and a minor in community action and social change. She spent a summer living in Detroit and worked in a racial justice organization called Focus: HOPE where she … Read more

Field placement: Denver Urban Matters (Denver, Colorado) Ashley expanded the efforts of the DenUM Community Relations Department by promoting voter engagement efforts and leading weekly dialogues with food pantry clients. She registered and pledged over five-hundred food pantry clients to … Read more