Rachel Merker Director

Rachel received her Bachelor's degree in Public Policy from Duke university in 2012.  After spending two years working with Agape Sverige in Sweden, she earned her Master's in Public Policy at Georgetown University, focusing her coursework on domestic child poverty and food insecurity.  During her time at graduate school she worked as a micro-economics teach assistant and interned with Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry and Prosperity Now. She also worked with a team of students to perform a year-long program evaluation for a local after-school program, DC SCORES. She is passionate about using evidence driven policy to improve the lives of vulnerable children and will be working on the Children’s Budget Coalition, and family tax policy, and nutrition at First Focus.

Resources by Rachel Merker


Millions of children at risk if government changes poverty measure

| May 13, 2019 |

Millions of children could lose access to healthcare, nutritious food, early childhood education, heating assistance and other critical resources if the government enacts new


Fact Sheet: Babies in the Budget

| May 8, 2019 |

Federal spending on Infants and Toddlers in Fiscal Year 2019 Infants and Toddlers represent 3.7 percent of the population, but what is their share


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2020 Budget on Child Nutrition Assistance

| April 16, 2019 |

The President’s Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 20) budget includes several harmful proposals that would drastically cut and restructure domestic food assistance programs that serve


What are the Roadmaps to Cutting Child Poverty in Half in Your State?

| April 8, 2019 |

On February 28, 2019, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released a consensus study, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, which has


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2020 Budget on Children

| March 22, 2019 |

President Trump’s $4.7 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 20) seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help children and families. The


Model Comment: Opposing the Proposed Rule to Limit State Flexibilities for SNAP Time Limit Waivers

| March 13, 2019 |

As the nation’s largest federal food assistance program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the first line of defense against child food insecurity.


Fact Sheet: How the Proposed Snap Time-Limit Rule Will Harm Children

| February 1, 2019 |

View our fact sheet. The Situation As the nation’s largest federal food assistance program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the first line


The Proposed Public Charge Rule Will Make Children Hungrier

| November 16, 2018 |

When children don’t have enough to eat, it makes it harder for them to learn, grow, and thrive. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security


Fact Sheet: Administrative Threats to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

| October 24, 2018 |

Food insecurity remains a major threat to health and wellbeing of 12.5 million children in America. This means that in 2017, one in six children


Fact Sheet: The Public Charge Rule Harms Children

| October 10, 2018 |

The strength of our country’s economic future is dependent on the wellbeing of our nation’s children, who make up our future tax base. Children