Sara Maillacheruvu

A longtime Midwesterner, Sara Maillacheruvu graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2018 and returned to her hometown of Peoria, Illinois, where she spent two years working in community development as an urban planner. While there, she researched affordable housing trends and created policy proposals, relevant and applicable … Read more

Curtis Hills

A native of Lexington, Mississippi, Curtis graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in English. His passion for social justice began in the eighth grade, while working with the non-profit Nollie Jenkins Center to help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline tract and research ways to alleviate food insecurity in … Read more

Tony Eskridge

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Tony Eskridge graduated from Rhodes College with a degree in Urban Studies and minor in Political Science. His passions for nutrition, food access, and community work began in high school, as he led workshops related to the MyPlate, food insecurity, and general wellness at … Read more

Max De Faria

Originally from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Max received a BA in Geography and Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Political Science from Clark University, dedicating their studies and professional pursuits to learning about the food system and food sovereignty. As a Nutrition Education Intern with Farm Fresh RI, they … Read more

Cara Claflin

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cara graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2018 with a Bachelor of Individualized Studies in Mass Communication, Political Science, and African American and African Studies. During college, she completed internships with municipal and state government, served as a mentor for … Read more

Nancy Chang

Born to parents hailing from Tianjin, China, Nancy grew up in Elk Grove, California. She attended Stanford University studying Earth Systems with a focus on sustainable food and agriculture. During her time in college, she developed a passion for food justice through food recovery efforts and environmental justice organizing. Nancy … Read more

Olivia Chan

Born and raised in New York City, Olivia graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in public health and minor in social policy, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Research Fellow, examining barriers to healthy eating and food access through interviews with soup kitchen guests. Her interests center on … Read more

Riani Carr

Riani is from Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in May of 2020 with a B.A. in Politics and International Affairs with minors in Latin American Studies and Sociology. During her undergraduate career, her long-standing interest in social justice developed into a passion for food … Read more

Kate Blankinship

Originally from Memphis, Kate graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a major in Linguistics and minor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. As an undergraduate, Kate was heavily involved in public service, working with local pre-schools and CBOs while also pursuing independent and supervised research on anti-poverty, … Read more

Ally Hardebeck

Ally graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with majors in public health and sociology and a minor in social policy. At Hopkins, Ally’s interest in social inequality began with direct-service and advocacy work around affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity. Her passion for advancing racial equity through policy, … Read more

Lexie Holden

Lexie Holden graduated from the University of Chicago in 2020 with degrees in Political Science and Germanic Studies, as well as a minor in Human Rights. While studying at Chicago, she served as Special Projects Manager for State Senator Kwame Raoul where she worked, among many things, on combating food … Read more

Joel Anderson

Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, Joel graduated with college honors from Washington University in St. Louis in 2020 with a major in anthropology: global health and environment and a minor in sociology. Before leaving home, he developed a deeply-rooted passion for advocacy while providing in-home medical care for his … Read more