Special Assistant to the President & Founder
Born and raised in the Midwest, Miranda possesses a diverse background in rural public engagement and community development. With a passion for bringing voice to the voiceless, she strives to help communities develop systemic policy and programming solutions around issues of food justice and socioeconomic disenfranchisement. A Mitchell Scholar, Miranda joins the Harwood Institute after a year in Ireland studying international, community-based responses to food insecurity. She is a co-founder and former Director of Research and Communications at Live Well Geary County, a nonprofit dedicated to alleviating the health and social detriments of rural poverty. In 2016 - at 23 years old - Miranda was elected to serve as Chair of the Junction City Food Policy Council. In this role, she helped the Kansas community examine opportunities to make the food system more accessible to all citizens. Prior to her work abroad and in Kansas, Miranda served as Director of Food4Thought - a Nebraska-based nonprofit which provides weekend meals to low-income families of elementary students.
As Special Assistant to Rich Harwood, Miranda supports the founder and president in all aspects of research and development. Centered around questions of the Institute’s 30-year history, ideas, impact, and methods of community change, Miranda manages the Harwood Studio on Community, facilitates research initiatives, and drives institute partnerships.
Miranda holds an MS in Social Policy from the University College Cork (Ireland), an MA in Communication Studies and Public Engagement from Kansas State University - where she worked as a public speaking instructor and research assistant for the Center for Engagement and Community Development - and a BA in Sociology and Communication Studies from Hastings College. At Hastings, she competed for the college’s nationally-ranked speech and debate team.
In her spare time, you can find Miranda out for a run, participating in community theater productions, or binge-watching Parks and Recreation.
Phone: 301-656-3669, ext. 1006