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.
*+-Jessica Bartolow: Decades of research reveal that child exclusion policies like the Maximum Family Grant rule are failed social experiments that increase child poverty and deep poverty and violate the basic principles of human and reproductive rights.
-+*Treva Brandon Scharf: Can’t afford a gym membership? Get bored easily by exercise? Don’t want to run into your ex at Equinox? No problem! There’s always the great outdoors – otherwise known as your local park.
-+*Walter Moss: There is little chance that any Republican nominee will put dealing with climate change at the center of his/her agenda, but we progressives should insure that at least the Democratic nominee does.