[CLASS OF 1954 PUBLIC POLICY INTERN PROFILE] Anna Villarruel was born and raised in Sant...
With the help of the Rockefeller Center, I was able to intern at Food First the summer of 2011. Iwore a variety of hats at...
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Named Internship Profile Summary - Anna Villarruel (Class of 1954)

Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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  • 1. [CLASS OF 1954 PUBLIC POLICY INTERN PROFILE] Anna Villarruel was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA and attended Buena High School in Ventura, CA. At Dartmouth she is a double major in Geography and Women & Gender Studies with a concentration in international development. She has been involved in various aspects within the Latino community at Dartmouth; she has been treasurer of both La Alianza Latina and M.E.Ch.A and was active in the founding of the Latin Advisory Council. During her junior fall, Anna served as a Tucker fellow for the IAPE Intensive English program in Valle de Bravo, Mexico as an assistant teacher and contributed over three hundred hours of service to over 120 English teachers across the country. She has also studied at the University ofHyderabad through the AMES/WGST foreign study program. She will spend her junior summerinterning at the Institute for Food and Development Policy in Oakland, CA.Anna was funded by The Rockefeller Center for a Summer 2011 Internship, with generoussupport from The Class of 1954.Executive Summary from Anna’s final report: The Institute of Food and Development Policy, aka Food First, is a non-profit organization/thinktank in Oakland, California. Its mission statement is, put very broadly, to eliminate the injusticesthat cause hunger, poverty and environmental degradation through its research, presentationsand publications. The organization works in formulating policy for equitable, sustainable foodsystems and ensures the implementation of these recommendations by creating political will through advocacy campaigns. It targets “local-global” “This opportunity has enriched my issues capable of generating international support (i.e. own thinking and sense of personal food justice, the U.S. Farm Bill, genetically modified responsibility towards issues of crops, land reform, farmers rights, etc). Food First’s food justice and food sovereignty, primary goal is to “…inform and amplif[y] the voices of and for this I’d like to thank the Rockefeller Center funding such a social movements fighting for food justice and food wonderful opportunity.” sovereignty…[by] providing information and analysis that informs such action and advocacy.”
  • 2. With the help of the Rockefeller Center, I was able to intern at Food First the summer of 2011. Iwore a variety of hats at this organization; I conducted policy research, supportedcommunication efforts with our donors through website and newsletter development,translated several articles and chapters of books for publication and created a database of foodrelated laws at a local, county and state level.My work at the Institute for Food and Development Policy has helped me narrow down thescope of my professional pursuits post-Dartmouth. As I told the Rockefeller Center in mywritten proposal, my volunteer experiences in Mexico left me wanting to do more than justvolunteer. While my internship at Food First was a great firsthand experience that helped meunderstand how a small non-profit organization functions from the inside, due to my short stayI was unable to really grasp how Food First commanded the public’s attention to key issuesthrough fundraising, publishing, marketing and/or planned events. In order to fill this gap ofknowledge, I’m looking to apply for a yearlong senior internship with the Hood Museum of Artand continue my exploration of the non-profit management field. Anna Villarruel at her internship in at the Institute of Food and Development Policy (Food First) in Oakland, CA. 2