About the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices
Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger by connecting kids to the healthy food they need, every day; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters®; and invests in community organizations that fight hunger. The No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices provides the tools and resources needed to help elected officials and their staff, educators and community leaders achieve success in fighting childhood hunger. Learn what works in the fight against childhood hunger and discover toolkits, case studies, hunger stats, issue briefs, reports and more at BestPractices.NoKidHungry.org.
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Courtney Smith, Director
Courtney directs Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices. She has extensive experience working on programs and policies to improve the well-being of low-income families and children. Before joining Share Our Strength in 2008, Courtney was a Senior Policy Analyst at the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices, where she provided technical assistance and consulting services to governors on a range of poverty and human services issues. From 1997 to 2001, she served as a Senior Policy Analyst at Berkeley Policy Associates where she led evaluations of welfare reform and workforce development programs. She also worked at the Public Policy Institute of California, the Literacy Assistance Center of New York City, and the Program to Educate the Girl in Guatemala. Courtney has a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Women’s Studies from Grinnell College.
Stephanie Eldred, No Kid Hungry Associate
Stephanie joined the Center for Best Practices in June of 2015. Before joining Share Our Strength, Stephanie worked at World Food Program USA as their Operations Associate. There she provided operational support, managed vendor relationships, planned logistics, worked on cross-team projects, and oversaw their intern program. Originally from Cincinnati, Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at Miami University and completed a semester abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. Stephanie serves as the Young Alumni Chair with the Miami University DC Alumni Chapter. In her spare time she loves cooking, discovering new music, practicing yoga, and adventuring around DC.
Marisa Kirk-Epstein, Associate Director, Research and Policy Analysis
Marisa joined the Center for Best Practices in February 2015. She oversees the Center's research initiatives and the development of resources and analyses to support No Kid Hungry's advocacy work. Prior to joining Share Our Strength, Marisa worked for over five years in the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Division where she developed policy for the Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. During that time, she was the project manager for the summer demonstration projects that tested innovative ways to feed low-income children during the summer. Marisa has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Washington. Marisa is originally from Hawaii, but no longer eats spam.
Summer Kriegshauser, No Kid Hungry Program Manager
Summer joined the Center for Best Practices in March 2016. She leads the school breakfast best practices efforts within the Center. Prior to joining Share Our Strength, Summer worked at AASA, The School Superintendents Association, where she provided support to school districts that were seeking to improve their alternative school breakfast programs, and support to districts implementing the Smart Snacks in Schools Guidelines. Summer has a Master’s Degree in Public Health Policy from George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications from Iowa State University. Summer is also a certified Chef, specializing in health-supportive cuisine, and a certified Holistic Health Counselor. Outside of work, Summer is an avid bicyclist and health food enthusiast.
Derrick Lambert, No Kid Hungry Program Manager
Derrick joined the Center for Best Practices in May 2016. He leads the summer meals best practices efforts within the Center. Prior to joining Share Our Strength, Derrick worked as a Program Manager with Hunger Free Vermont, where he worked with State agency staff, school districts and statewide partners to initiate and expand implementation of a range of federal child nutrition programs, with a special focus on summer meals. Derrick has a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy from the University of Kent (England), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Union University. Derrick is also a former educator, having spent four years in France teaching at public secondary and post-secondary institutions. Outside of work, Derrick enjoys reading, camping and regular excursions outside the city.
Carolyn Wait, No Kid Hungry Senior Program Manager
Carolyn joined the Center after working for five years as a Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Specialist for the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. In this role, she provided training, technical assistance, and oversight to CACFP participants in the District. Carolyn first moved to DC to work at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), where she was a National Nutrition Policy Fellow assisting with Child Nutrition Reauthorization and an Institute of Medicine committee charged with reviewing the CACFP nutrition requirements. Carolyn, a Registered Dietitian, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Ohio State University (or the Ohio State University, as people love to correct her) and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Outside of work, Carolyn serves on the board of the DC Metro Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and enjoys volunteering, traveling, running, and cooking.
Karen Wong, No Kid Hungry Research and Evaluation Manager
Karen Wong joined the Center for Best Practices in 2016, and worked with Cooking Matters since 2013. She is responsible for managing key research and evaluation initiatives to assess the impact of the No Kid Hungry campaign. Prior to joining Share our Strength, Karen analyzed federal food assistance policies for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), not to be confused with CBP. She also worked on anti-poverty initiatives with Catholic Charities USA and is an alumna of the Congressional Hunger Center Bill Emerson Fellowship Program. Karen has a Master degree in Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Pomona College. When not crunching data or talking methods, Karen likes to experiment with food, read, and contemplate her next travel adventures.