OUR TEAM. 

 Owen Flomberg 

National President

Owen Flomberg is from Knoxville, Tennessee where he also attended the University of Tennessee. He graduated in Spring of 2020 receiving a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Economy and Development and minoring in Business Administration through the Chancellors Honors and College Scholars programs. His undergraduate research in part look at some of the causation links between the rising student debt crisis in the US and the declining rate of entrepreneurship in the American economy. Owen helped to found the first chapter of the Student Basic Needs Coalition. During his time as president of the UT chapter, the chapter successfully advocated for several new policies on campus and has wrote sponsored legislation for the Tennessee General Assembly. Owen believes education is a right and still is the best path to upward mobility. He hopes that true change toward campus financial inclusion will happen through millions of small acts that will culminate in larger shifts altering the face of higher education and transforming our society. Owen currently attends law school at Washington University in St. Louis.

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 Kaylee Sheppard 

Executive Vice President

Kaylee Sheppard grew up in Marietta, GA but now calls Knoxville, TN home. In May 2020 she graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts. She double majored in American studies and Political Science. She began working towards her accelerated Masters in Public Policy and Public Administration at the end of her junior year and is now working on her masters full time. Kaylee also was a part of founding the original chapter of the Student Basic Needs Coalition serving as Vice President. Kaylee was also heavily involved in a number of student organizations which included the Student Government Association. In SGA she served as the student senate lobbyist her Junior year. Through this role, she advocated to the administration regarding student legislation passed to create more accessibility for food-insecure students as well as a number of different areas of policy. Kaylee is very passionate about accessibility to higher education, especially for low-income students. Kaylee believes that it is necessary to create policies from the administrative level all the way to the federal level to ensure insecure students have the support to complete their degrees.

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 Paige Swanson 

Vice President of Outreach

Paige Swanson is a native of Pawleys Island, S.C., and attends North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. She is majoring in Science, Technology, and Society and Applied Nutrition with a minor in Nonprofit Studies. At NC State, Paige has served as the Food Donation Coordinator for the campus food pantry, works as a research assistant studying campus food and housing insecurity, and is the founder of NC State’s Challah for Hunger Chapter. With Challah for Hunger, she participated in and served as a mentor for the Campus Hunger Project, represented the organization at RealCollege, and currently acts as a Student Representative to the Board of Directors. Through these experiences, she developed an excitement for advocacy and for helping other students be advocates as well. Paige is passionate about ending campus hunger, so that students don't have to worry about obtaining food while earning their degrees. She hopes that eventually students will be able to attend college and have all of their basic needs met.

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