The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs extends a warm welcome to Ona Balkus, a new Clinical Fellow at the Food Law and Policy Clinic. Ona graduated in May, 2013 with a Joint Degree from the Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Public Health.
During law school, Ona was the food policy initiative leader for the Mississippi Delta Project and was a clinical student at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic and the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, where she also worked as a Research Assistant. Ona led a team of students in writing the Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Farm to School Program in Mississippi and the Legislative Recommendations for A Statewide Farm-to-School Bill in Mississippi, two reports published by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic. While in law school, Ona also interned at Conservation Law Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, and in the Office of D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh.
Before law school, Ona served as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer at Capital Area Food Bank, in Washington, D.C., where she led cooking-based nutrition classes for low-income residents and urban youth. She later worked as a grassroots organizer and nutrition policy coordinator at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, D.C., where she advocated for menu labeling legislation and school foods reform, and co-wrote the Report Card on Food-Marketing Policies: An Analysis of Food and Entertainment Company Policies regarding Food and Beverage Marketing to Children, published in March 2010.
Note: This post was adapted from the FLPC website.