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2012 Fellows

Jacquelyn Cox – Bread for the World • Washington, DC
Much of Jackie's work will center on preparations for Lobby Day, an annual event that brings hundreds of advocates to Capitol Hill to press members of Congress to enact legislation and provide funding to critical programs aimed to eliminate hunger.

Ian Diament – Operation New Birmingham • Birmingham, Alabama
Ian will conduct an intensive research project to create a "how to" manual for ONB, the City of Birmingham, and neighborhood organizations to begin to identify and create pocket parks throughout Birmingham. Pocket parks are emerging as a leading way to create public spaces in downtowns without large scale redevelopment.

Grace Elliott – Coalition on Human Needs • Washington, DC
Grace will focus on documenting the effects of proposed service/ benefit cuts on low-income Americans by conducting statistical analyses of poverty, income, employment, and other data. She will also contribute materials to the CHN newsletter and develop reports illustrating the potential impact of budget reduction proposals in various states.

Alex Hunsucker – Collaborative Solutions, Inc. • Birmingham, AL
Alex will help the CSI staff conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of housing needs in Alabama, advocate for a housing trust fund, develop reports that document housing needs for special needs populations, and update the Alabama Tenant's Handbook.

Coty Lovelady – GLIDE Foundation • San Francisco, California
Coty will tackle two major projects at GLIDE. One project will involve researching solutions to reduce recidivism and increase the integration and civic participation of recently incarcerated individuals. Coty's other project will center on researching ways to ensure that Glide's health clinic complies with ever-changing regulations.

Alex Lupo – YWCA of Central Alabama • Birmingham, Alabama
Alex will focus on helping coordinate Anytown Alabama, a summer leadership camp for high school students that emphasizes social justice issues. Alex will also contribute to the YWCA's ongoing efforts to improve child care and reduce domestic violence.

Rachel Morgan – Human Rights First • Washington, DC
Working with HRF's senior advocacy strategist, Rachel will prepare congressional testimony, research the positions of presidential candidates on human rights, follow campaign activities in key states, and track the foreign operations bill and other HRF legislative priorities through the public policy process.

Terri Ray – Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham • Birmingham, Alabama
Terri will help facilitate the interim grant reporting cycle of the Women's Fund and will research programs and policies that provide alternatives to predatory lending practices for low-income women.

Kimber Reeves – William J. Clinton Foundation • New York, New York
Kimber will work with the marketing department of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a program of the Foundation that gathers global leaders from diverse fields with the goal of devising practical solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.

Melanie Robinson – Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama • Birmingham, Alabama
Melanie will primarily work with HICA's Community Engagement and Education program on such tasks as conducting research on immigration policy, helping coordinate the statewide Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, facilitating workshops and rallies, and writing newsletters.

Maulin Shah – National Alliance to End Homelessness • Washington, DC
Maulin will help coordinate NAEH's Capitol Hill Day, an annual event that brings 350-400 advocates to DC to press lawmakers to enact policies to end homelessness. Specifically, Maulin will conduct outreach efforts to local and state organizations, recruit participants, prepare advocacy materials, and represent NAEH at congressional hearings.

Gabriela Sherrod – Alabama Poverty Project • Birmingham, Alabama
Gabriela will help develop APP's Blueprints college access program, which aims to create a college-going culture for low-income and first-generation students by facilitating relationships between college students and high school students. Blueprints currently partners with Birmingham-Southern.

Nikki Wright – VOICES for Alabama's Children • Montgomery, Alabama
                         Alabama Partnership for Children • Montgomery, Alabama
Nikki will help facilitate the grassroots mobilization efforts of her hosting agencies by coordinating outreach efforts, supporting voter education campaigns, expanding use of social media, and enhancing the agencies' websites.

Nino Yu Tiamco – A+ Education Partnership • Montgomery, AL
Nino's main project will be creating a central repository of education policy research on the A+ website that will accessible to the public. This project will entail developing plans for the policy we