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Jessica Bartholow

About Jessica Bartholow

Jessica Bartholow, who joined the Center in January, 2010, has been an advocate for the poor for over a decade, having worked as a grassroots organizer, program manager and policy director working to ameliorate hunger and poverty. While at the California Association of Food Banks, Jessica built a statewide network of food stamp advocates and application assisters and led California’s anti-hunger community in the 2008 federal reauthorization of the Food Stamp Program. As chairperson of the California Hunger Action Coalition, she led several legislative actions including an early budget coalition opposing cuts to safety-net programs that culminated in a Capitol rally with thousands in attendance. Jessica has chaired and staffed many tasks forces and authored several advocate guides and training tools pertaining to food stamps, Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT), and program modernization. Jessica is an 8th generation Californian and holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science.