Mickey Leland International
The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship trains emerging leaders in the movement to end hunger worldwide. Each class of twelve to fifteen dedicated fellows develops the tools and skills they need to become effective change agents, advancing the goal of a hunger-free world by strengthening host organizations and building food and nutrition security at the field and policy level.
Meet the Current Class
The 11th Class of Leland Fellows runs from September 2021 to August 2023. Get to know the Leland Fellows below.
Getting exposure to Washington, our elected officials, think tanks and advocacy organizations was invaluable. And having them come and give briefs—the opportunity to sit down and get schooled by experts on a lot of these issues—has been crucial to refining my understanding and my approach to tackling hunger. The Leland Fellows Program is like a “farm-to-fork” exposure to foreign aid that most folks don’t necessarily get before they’re thrown into the mix.Adam Norikane, Chief of USAID Tanzania & 4th Class Leland Hunger Fellow
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Who Was Mickey leland?
The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program serves as a living legacy to Mickey Leland (November 27, 1944 – August 7, 1989), a Member of Congress who emerged as a passionate leader in the fight to eradicate hunger. Leland died at the age of 44 in a plane crash visiting humanitarian sites in Ethiopia. While his untimely death robbed the world of a true leader and advocate in the fight against hunger and poverty, his passion and dedicated efforts serve as inspiration and foundation for the Congressional Hunger Center’s anti-hunger work.