Kalena Thomhave

Emerson National Hunger Fellow, Family-Centered Social Policy Program

Kalena Thomhave joined the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America for a six-month appointment as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow. She provided research and analysis regarding financial inclusion in public assistance programs as well as the financial inclusion of formerly incarcerated people. Previously, Thomhave researched Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) policy, coordinated an initiative to limit the impact of SNAP cuts in Pittsburgh, PA, and developed and coordinated the Bank On Baton Rouge program in Baton Rouge, LA. She holds BA degrees in political science and English from Louisiana State University.

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ASSET BUILDING
Asset Building News Week - May 20, 2016

Weekly roundup of news, research, and other developments in the asset building field.


ASSET BUILDING
Asset Building News Week - May 13, 2016

Weekly roundup of news, research, and other developments in the asset building field.


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
The Not So Secret Reality for Millions of Americans

A response to Neil Gabler's piece, "The Secret Shame of Middle Class Americans."


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Why Work for Welfare Doesn't Work

The orientation of public assistance around work is a long-held vestige of how we assign responsibility for one’s poverty.


Why Work for Welfare Doesn't Work

Kalena Thomhave challenges our policies and perspectives on welfare and hunger.