Technical Advisory Group

The primary role of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is to review and provide ongoing feedback on Feeding America research projects in order to ensure our ability to deliver the highest quality of information to food banks and other service providers within the Feeding America network. TAG Members also collaborate with us to conduct new research on charitable food assistance, poverty, program evaluation, client studies, etc.


Craig C. Gundersen 

Craig Gundersen, TAG member, headshot

Snee Family Endowed Chair, Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty

Baylor University

Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

B.A., University of Notre Dame 

Craig Gundersen is the Snee Family Endowed Chair at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty (BCHP) and a Professor in the Department of Economics at Baylor University, is on the Technical Advisory Group for Feeding America, is the lead researcher on Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap project, and is the Managing Editor for Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. He is also a Round Table Member of the Farm Foundation, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame. His research concentrates on the causes and consequences of food insecurity and on the evaluation of food assistance programs, with an emphasis on SNAP.


Alison Jacknowitz 

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Associate Professor

School of Public Affairs: Public Administration and Policy

American University

Ph.D., RAND Graduate School

M.P.P., The College of William & Mary

B.A., Colgate University

Alison Jacknowitz (PhD, Policy Analysis) is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy and Associate Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. She regularly teaches Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis, Social Policy and Programs, and Public Program Evaluation. Jacknowitz has been the recipient of the University’s Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment award as well as the Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching award. She conducts research on issues related to poverty, the elderly, and children and families. Jacknowitz’s research has been supported by the University of Kentucky’s Center for Poverty Research, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Institute for Research on Poverty, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Her work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals including: Contemporary Economic Policy, Demography, Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Social Service Review, The Journal of Human Resources, Women & Health, and Women’s Health Issues. Jacknowitz is a Research Affiliate at the University of Michigan’s National Poverty Center.


Katie S. Martin

Katie Martin, TAG member

Executive Director

Institute for Hunger Research & Solutions


Ph.D., Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy

B.A., Indiana University

Katie is the Executive Director of the Institute for Hunger Research & Solutions at Foodshare, the regional food bank for greater Hartford, Connecticut. The Institute collaborates with Feeding America, food banks and community partners to increase access to healthy food, address root causes of hunger, and identify best practices to reduce food insecurity. Katie is recognized as a thought leader on food security issues, and has over 25 years of experience developing and evaluating holistic solutions to hunger. She earned a Ph.D. in Nutritional Science & Policy from Tufts University, and has presented her work at dozens of regional and national conferences. Katie is happily married, is the proud mom of two sons, and blessed to be a host parent for an exchange student from Nigeria. Katie is the author of a new book titled Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries: New Tools to End Hunger, scheduled to be published in March 2021.

Robert Santos 

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Chief Methodologist

The Urban Institute

M.A., University of Michigan

B.A., Trinity University in San Antonio, TX

Rob is the Chief Methodologist at The Urban Institute (UI) in Washington DC, where he engages in a variety of policy research areas and contributes statistical and methodological enhancements to research design, implementation and analyses. He has served the public opinion and survey research industry for the past 35 years as a sampling/survey statistician, methodologist, project director, and senior administrator. Over his career, Rob has participated in academic, nonprofit and commercial research industries. Besides two appointments at UI, he has held leadership positions at NORC (Vice President of Statistics and Methodology; Director of Survey Operations, 1996-1999); the University of Michigan Survey Research Center (Director of Survey Operations, 1989-1996); and ISR Temple University (Sr. Sampling Statistician, 1982-1989). He also enjoyed a five-year sojourn in the private sector as a co-owner and Executive Vice President of NuStats, a survey research firm in Texas (2001-2006). Rob was trained in survey sampling at ISR Michigan and holds a Master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Michigan. Rob maintains a deep passion for serving the public opinion research community, especially the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the American Statistical Association (ASA). He first joined AAPOR in 1983, and has since served on Executive Council as its President (2012-2015), and as Conference Chair (2010-2011), (Secretary-Treasurer, 2000-02), and served as chapter president (DC-AAPOR, 1999-2001), He served on POQ’s Editorial Board (1996-2003; 2009-2013). For ASA Rob was elected Vice President (2015-2018), Chair of the Social Statistics Section (2013-2015), and served as program chair of the Social Statistics Section (2000) and the Survey Research Methods Section (1993). Rob is an elected Fellow of the ASA (2004) and the 2006 recipient of the ASA Founder’s Award for excellence in survey statistics and contributions to the statistical community. In the broader research community, Rob has been appointed to numerous National Academies’ Panels for the Committee on National Statistics, the Transportation Research Bureau and the Institute of Medicine. He has held memberships on: the Census Advisory Committee, and the AHCPR Health Quality Research Study Section.


Hilary Seligman


University of California San Francisco
UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations

Senior Medical Advisor, Feeding America

M.A.S. in Clinical Research, University of California San Francisco
M.D., Baylor College of Medicine
B.A., Williams College

Dr. Seligman is an expert in food insecurity and its health implications across the life course. Her policy and advocacy expertise focus on federal nutrition programs (particularly SNAP), food banking and the charitable food network, hunger policy, food affordability and access, and income-related drivers of food choice. She directs the Food Policy, Health, and Hunger Research Program at UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital and the CDC’s Nutrition and Obesity Policy, Research and Evaluation Network ( Dr. Seligman founded EatSF, a healthy foods voucher program for low-income residents of San Francisco.  Outside of San Francisco, EatSF is known as Vouchers for Veggies.


Elaine Waxman

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Senior Fellow

The Urban Institute

Ph.D., University of Chicago

M.P.P., University of Chicago

B.A., Indiana University

Elaine Waxman is a Senior Fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at The Urban Institute (UI).  Her expertise includes food insecurity, nutrition, and the food assistance safety net, the social determinants of health disparities, as well as broader issues affecting low-income families and communities.  Prior to joining the Institute, Waxman served as the Vice President of Research and Nutrition at Feeding America, where she oversaw research on food insecurity, the intersection of hunger and health, and the circumstances and experiences of individuals seeking food assistance.  In that role, Waxman supervised Hunger in America 2014, the largest study ever conducted of charitable feeding in the United States, and collaborated on the development of Map the Meal Gap project, the first county-level estimates of food insecurity in the U.S.

Waxman previously conducted research on the structure of low-wage work and challenges facing low-income working families through a series of research initiatives at the University of Chicago and in this capacity.  She has co-authored numerous research and policy reports and articles in scholarly journals, including Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy, Social Service Review, Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, and Journal of Food Law and Policy. She received her PhD from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where she is currently a Lecturer.  She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.