July 7, 2016

Dear Friend of the Hunger Center,

Schools are out and Congress is preparing to recess, yet summertime is a busy time for the Congressional Hunger Center! Emerson program staff are saying goodbye to the 22nd Class Fellows as they get ready to welcome the 23rd Class in August. Meanwhile, the Leland Fellows are planning their transition from field placements around the world to policy sites in Washington, DC and elsewhere. We've celebrated outstanding hunger fighters at our Annual Awards Ceremony, and just yesterday celebrated the passage of the Global Food Security Act through the House. Read on to see what we've been up to, as well as ways you can join in our work....


22nd Class Emerson Fellows Caitlin Lowell and Andy Kim meet with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO); Caitlin and Andy spent their field placement in Denver.

Emerson National Hunger Fellows

The Emerson Fellows are winding down their work at their policy placements and preparing for post - fellowship life. Please join us in celebrating the 22nd Class as they conclude their fellowship year at the end of July. The Commencement Ceremony is Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The Ceremony starts at 5:30; reception to follow. The event is being held at the Phoenix Park Hotel at 520 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC. If you can attend, please send your RSVP to Jon Wogman by Monday, July 25th.

We're also excited to announce the 23rd Class of Emerson Fellows and their field sites! The 23rd Class will arrive for training at our offices in D.C. in August, and will spend the fall and winter working with partner organizations in five different states plus the District of Columbia. Visit our announcement page for more information about the 23rd Class, where they're headed, and what work they'll be engaged with during their field placements.

8th Class Leland Fellow Julia Shuck with colleagues from FES in Anand, India.

Leland International Hunger Fellows

The current class of Leland Fellows is beginning to wrap up their field placements and will return to Washington for debriefing and policy training in September. This spring and summer, the Fellows have been taking full advantage of their professional development funds benefit to attend conferences, where several have presented on their work, and skills workshops to complement their placement work. In June over half the Fellows attended the first annual ANH Academy Week in Addis Ababa. Even as the current class of Fellows prepares to begin the second year of the program, the Leland Program is preparing to recruit the next (9th) Class of Fellows and placements. Sign up here to be notified when applications are open.


12th Class Emerson Alumna Almas Sayeed (right) presents classmate Indivar Dutta-Gupta with the 2016 Alumni Leadership Award

2016 Hunger Leadership Awards

CHC's 10th Annual Awards Ceremony was held at the U.S. Botanic Garden on Wednesday, June 15. Current Fellows, alumni, partners, and members of the government, NGO, corporate, and philanthropic sectors were on hand to recognize the achievements of this year's awardees, including Sen. Pat Roberts, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Jackie Walorski, Chef José Andrés, and Hunger Fellow Alumni Indivar Dutta-Gupta and Michael Johnson. Many thanks to our generous sponsors who made our event possible, and thanks to everyone who attended to help us recognize the leadership of our awardees! If you weren't able to be there yourself, visit our website for full coverage of the evening's events.

Summer Interns Inder Gunnala, Emilie Montgomery, Fan Huang, Ismael Kagone, and Arthur Tartee, Jr. at the 2016 Hunger Leadership Awards

Our Fabulous Summer Interns

This summer CHC has been joined by an excellent team of interns: Fan Huang (University of Maryland); Emilie Montgomery (Bowdoin College); and Inder Gunnala, Ismael Kagone, and Arthur Tartee Jr. (University of Richmond) have worked since May on projects related to our fellowship, advocacy, and fundraising programs. They've been a tremendous help, and we wish them all the best when they return to classes at the end of summer. Applications for fall interns will be opening in the coming weeks. If you or someone you know would like to join our team, check our jobs page for the application, or follow us on Twitter for the latest information.

Aileen Carr (right) with former staff member and Emerson alumna Shana McDavis-Conway

Farewell to Aileen

After 14 years at the Congressional Hunger Center, Emerson Program Director Aileen Carr has moved on to a new position with the National League of Cities as of early June. During her tenure at CHC Aileen mentored over 280 Fellows and shaped the core identity of the Emerson Program into what it is today. We wish her all the best on her new endeavours: NLC is lucky to have her!


Alumni Comings & Goings

  • 6th Class Leland alumni Julie Savane and Matt Styslinger have begun working together at Stop Hunger Now in Raleigh, NC. As Food Security Monitoring and Evaluation Manager and Food Security M&E, Partner Engagement Manager (respectively), they are teaming up to evaluate Stop Hunger Now's impact more accurately and robustly.
  • 7th Class Leland Alum Claire Clugston has just accepted a Family Outreach Worker position with the Dane County Parent Council/Headstart in Madison, WI. In this role she will focus on helping the families of the children in the Parent Council’s programs by conducting home visits and providing assistance in accessing state benefits and finding housing resources.
  • 11th Class Emerson Alum Chandra Kring Villanueva published an op-ed in The Texas Tribune where she shared her experience of earning her GED and her perspective on barriers to higher education.
  • 15th Class Emerson Alum Christine Tran was featured in a piece in The International Examiner highlighting her work on school nutrition issues.
  • 16th Class Emerson Alum Donna Leuchten Nuccio was featured in Saint Joseph University’s magazine for her work on hunger and poverty as the Director of Health Food Access for the Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia, PA.
  • 20th Class Emerson Alum Maryam Adamu was accepted into the New York University School of Law and will begin courses this fall.
  • 20th Class Emerson Fellow Rosana Carranza graduated from UCLA with a Masters in Urban Planning. She will be working as a Management Assistant for the City of Long Beach, through a yearlong rotational fellowship in city management.
  • 21st Class Emerson Alum David Blount was accepted into the Urban Teachers 2016 Cohort and will begin training and courses in Baltimore this summer.
New job, baby, spouse, publication, award, or move?  Share your alumni news at alumni@hungercenter.org for inclusion in future communications.


Photo courtesy of Amanda Walker

Global Food Security Act
Passes House!

The Global Food Security Act (GFSA) cleared the final step to reaching the President’s desk on July 6 when it passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 369 to 53. The bill (S.1252) will confirm US leadership for food and nutrition security throughout the world begun under Feed the Future and ensure that programs moving forward are strategic and accountable. It will also authorize greater flexibility within emergency humanitarian programs, which will ultimately save lives. CHC has been a strong supporter and advocate for the GFSA and especially thanks the members who championed and shepherded it through the process so tirelessly, particularly Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Bob Corker (R-TN), and the leadership of both chambers.

Transplanting Rice Seedlings in Bali, Indonesia
Photo courtesy of John Y. Can

Foreign Aid Transparency
and Accountability Act

The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015 (FATAA), sponsored by Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), passed by voice vote on July 5th. This effectiveness promotion bill will establish evaluation guidelines for U.S. international development assistance programs and ensure complete and up-to-date data is publicly available on the existing ForeignAssistance.gov aid transparency website. It will also require the Government Accountability Office to analyze and inform Congress on relevant agencies’ adherence to the new accountability guidelines and transparency requirements. The FATAA first passed the House in 2012 and was again approved by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in 2015. A companion bill sponsored by Senators Rubio and Cardin was unanimously approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2013 and again in 2015.


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We're recruiting partner organizations to host the 9th Class of Leland International Fellows (2017-2019). If you've got a project that requires an experienced, self-motivated leader, we'd love to talk to you! Learn more about the process or contact Emily Byers to find out how to apply.

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