Advocacy happens through resilience and relationships. The Hunger Advocacy Fellows program, currently in its fifth year, is made possible by ELCA World Hunger. It is a year-long transformative experience that combines leadership development, faith formation, and impactful advocacy that moves us toward an end to hunger and a just world where all are fed.
Hunger Advocacy Fellows are placed with different ELCA-affiliated state public policy offices across the country where they can engage on issues affecting both local and national policy. We are excited to introduce below our 2021-2022 Hunger Advocacy Fellows:
Hannah Peterson is currently serving with Lutherans Engaging in Advocacy Ministry New Jersey in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. She recently graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in History and Literature, following her undergraduate degree from St. John’s College. Peterson’s internships at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the National Museum of American History inspired her passion for identifying stories that have not yet been told and lifting up the voices of those in need. She hopes to continue her work building connections between people of different faiths, traditions, and backgrounds.
Isa Peterson is currently serving with Texas Impact in Austin, Texas. She is a born and raised Texan from San Antonio and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Government and Sustainability Studies and a minor in Portuguese. Before joining Texas Impact, she spent her undergraduate years working for environmental nonprofits in Austin, such as Rainforest Partnership and the Shoal Creek Conservancy, advocating for environmental change and urban conversation. Peterson hopes to continue their career focused on the intersection of environmental and social policy during their time with Texas Impact and beyond.
Sandra Roper is currently serving with the ELCA advocacy staff in Washington, D.C. She recently graduated from the University of Maryland (UMD) with degrees in English and Germanic Studies. Her interest in faith-based advocacy was shaped by Humble Walk, the Lutheran campus ministry at UMD. Roper has interned for the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod and Lutheran World Federation, and has volunteered with Lutheran Disaster Response, Puerto Rico. She hopes to continue building relationships and learning different ways to live her faith in action.
Rachel Wyffels is currently serving with Lutheran Advocacy Minnesota in St Paul. She is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College where she majored in music and religion. While there, Wyffels was president of the St. Olaf Student Congregation Council and played violin in the St. Olaf Orchestra. She is excited for a year of building relationships to advocate for affordable housing, climate justice, and poverty reduction. Following this fellowship year, Wyffels anticipates beginning seminary.