Erica McCoy

Hailing from Carthage, Mississippi, Erica graduated from Stanford University in 2017 with a degree in earth systems with a concentration in sustainable food and agriculture and a minor in art practice. She is passionate about issues surrounding food systems including sustainability and food justice. While at Stanford, Erica explored these … Read more

Valery Martinez

Valery was born and raised in San Jose, California, and graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in human development and a minor in nutrition. Valery dedicated her summers to serving low-income and racially/ethnically diverse communities in her hometown while being an advocate for social justice issues at school. … Read more

Thank you to the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation for providing support to the 24th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows’ work on child food insecurity.

Corey Malone-Smolla

Corey graduated with honors from Yale University in 2016 with a BA in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. While at Yale, Corey worked as a Project Coordinator, managing 50 undergraduates working to end sexual violence through education workshops on consent for 3,000 Yale students. Corey developed her passion for food … Read more

Sarah Goldman

Sarah graduated from Carleton College with a degree in environmental studies and a concentration in political economy. With a passion for agriculture and social justice, Sarah worked as a youth organizer in northern Nicaragua, interned on ten small farms in North America, and served as a student ambassador in the … Read more

Maria Cristina Chicuén

Born in Havana, Cuba, María Cristina was raised in Miami, FL, and graduated from Stanford University in 2017 with a B.A. in Human Biology and a concentration in Sustainable Food System Development. While at Stanford, she centered her studies on obesity prevention, food waste reduction, and health policy, working closely … Read more

Jamila Cervantes

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Jamila graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a combined degree in LGBT studies, Latin American studies, and sociology. While at Berkeley, Jamila proudly served as the co-director for Project Pueblo, an organization that aided local communities in the Bennett Freeze region of the … Read more

Meg Buckley

Meg attended Saint Louis University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees, studying public health with a concentration in behavioral science and health education. While at SLU, Meg studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, spent summers working for a nonprofit in Central Appalachia, and participated in a summer immersion program in Nicaragua … Read more

Funke Aderonmu

Funke Aderonmu is a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with degrees in economics and international relations. While in college, she developed a strong commitment to social justice and public service. Funke volunteered with Freedom from Hunger, a non-profit working to deliver innovative solutions to poverty, and the … Read more

Bardia Vaseghi

Born in Tehran, Iran, Bardia immigrated to the United States when he was four years old and grew up in Texas and New Jersey. Having already tried out the South and the East Coast, he then studied History and Political Science at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with … Read more

Amirio Freeman

Originally from Hampton, Virginia, Amirio graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Public Policy and a minor in Africana Studies. As an undergraduate, Amirio completed an Honors Thesis on the role of the environment in Afro-Diasporic healing modalities while focusing on diversity and sustainability endeavors. … Read more

Alex Boyd

Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Alex graduated from Beloit College with a degree in sociology and literary studies in 2015. While at Beloit, Alex interned with a local food and clothing pantry where he coordinated a food donation partnership with his campus meal service provider. He also spent a … Read more

Maggie You Ming Tsai

Born in Taiwan, Maggie You Ming grew up in Fremont, CA, and graduated from New York University in 2015 with a degree in nutrition and food studies with a concentration in dietetics and a minor in molecular and cell biology. As an undergraduate, she served as a student leader for … Read more