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October 11, 2016

Dear Friend of the Hunger Center,

It's harvest time across North America, when the agricultural year winds down and the season's hard work is (hopefully) rewarded. For our fellowship programs, a new season is just beginning: the 23rd Class of Emerson Fellows embarked on their six-month field placements, while the 8th Class of Leland Fellows returned from abroad to start the second year of their program. The White House convened a summit on Global Development, while fellows from the 11th Emerson Class convened a mini-reunion at CHC's offices. Read on for all the details of what we've been up to, and ways you can join in CHC's work....


Leland Fellows Carlo Abuyuan, Julia Shuck, and Michael Wilcox (L to R) pose with a world map, indicating where they spent their 2015-16 field year

New Class of
Emerson Fellows

In August fifteen passionate young leaders joined together to form the 23rd Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows. The fellows participated in a rigorous, two-week training, then headed across the country for their field sites, where they have been working since Labor Day. Seattle-based fellows Eduardo Hernandez and Alysha Alani wrote about their first month working with field site partner United Way of King County for our website; you can read their reflections here. To see where the rest of the fellows are working this fall, click here.
The 11th Class of Emerson Fellows in 2005 posing with the mural they completed as their capstone project
Four members of the 11th class of Emerson Fellows in 2016 in front of the same mural

Leland Fellows
Return to D.C.

In September the 8th Class of Leland International Hunger Fellows returned from their field placements and regrouped at CHC's offices for debrief and policy training. Skill-building sessions included messaging and communications, power mapping, and persuasive presentation. They heard from food security advocates on effective strategies to push good policy and also spent time at USAID and on Capitol Hill, where they talked with expert practitioners in policymaking and implementation. The fellows are now at their policy placements in D.C., Dublin and Phnom Penh.  
The 23rd Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows

Welcome Back,
11th Class

In early September, several members of the 11th class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows gathered in Washington, D.C. for a mini-reunion. Over the course of the weekend, alumni reflected upon their experience as Fellows, what they learned from their fellow Fellows, and the impact that the Emerson Program had on their leadership development. Alumni also met with Emerson Program staff to talk about current priorities for the Emerson Program and the Congressional Hunger Center.

Other Alumni News

  • Leland alumni Mowdou Naky (7th Class), Jake Johnson (6th Class), Meaghan Murphy (4th Class), Damiana Astudillo (3rd Class), and Mette Karlsen (2nd Class) participated in the 8th Class policy training, sharing their expertise and experience with the current Leland Fellows.
  • Emerson alumnae Aleta Sprague (18th Class) and Kalena Thomave (22nd Class) co-authored a policy paper for New America entitled Inclusion by Design: A New Vision of U.S. Welfare Policy.
  • 15th Class Emerson alumna Christine Tran wrote a story for Los Angeles' KCET on requirements for area farmers markets to accept payment by CalFresh EBT.
  • 14th Class Emerson alumni Adrienne Alexander and Alexander Villaverde welcomed their daughter Caridad Alexander Villaverde to their family and Chicago this past August.
  • 14th Class Emerson alumna Lindsey Baker was profiled in the Arizona Jewish Post.
  • 12th Class Emerson alumnus Indi Dutta-Gupta, his wife Shally Venugopal, and son Sathvik welcomed Saraswati Daya Dutta-Gupta to their family in September.
  • 7th Class Emerson alumna Liz Clasen-Kelly was named executive director of the Men's Shelter of Charlotte, NC.
  • 7th Class Emerson alumna Emily Price was featured in a Leadership Spotlight interview for the National Skills Coalition.
  • 4th Class Emerson alumna and CHC Executive Director Shannon Maynard, her husband Omar, and daughter Matilda welcomed baby boy Joaquìn Pascal Velarde Maynard to  their family this past July.
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The White House, view from the front lawn

Global Development Summit

The White House held a one-day Summit on Global Development on July 20 to celebrate its achievements in combating poverty around the world. The Summit put particular emphasis on the Administration's food and nutrition security work through Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative, and included an appearance by President Obama. His remarks can be seen here.

Food Security Strategy a First

In order to comply with the newly passed Global Food Security Act, the Administration submitted its 5-year US Government Food Security Strategy–the first of its kind–to Congress on October 1. In the words of its authors:
“This Global Food Security Strategy presents an integrated whole-of-government strategy and agency specific implementation plans as required by the Global Food Security Act of 2016 (GFSA). This strategy reflects the unique skills, resources, and lessons learned from U.S. federal departments and agencies that contribute to global food security, as well as input from partners throughout the private sector, academic institutions, and civil society. It charts a course for the U.S. Government to contribute to the achievement of global food security and the range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), together with partners across the globe.”



Host an Emerson Fellow

CHC’s Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is now recruiting policy site host organizations for spring 2017. The application deadline is November 2, 2016. Learn more about how to apply today!

Apply to be an Emerson Fellow

The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program will also begin accepting applications for the 24th Class on Friday, October 14th. Interested in applying? Know someone who'd be a great fit for our program? Learn about the application process here. Deadline to apply is January 11, 2017!

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