Amy Carter, Policy Analyst
What do you do at the Institute?
I am the newest policy analyst at the Institute focusing on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and self-sufficiency supports for veterans and military members. Before I was full time, I was the legislative and communications intern here. Things worked out perfectly for me to stay!
Through the end of this year, I am working in partnership with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry to protect SNAP funding in the upcoming budgets and the 2018 Farm Bill. I run our social media, communicate with our Congressional delegates about SNAP, and try to engage the community in the fight to keep SNAP working. Visit SNAPWorksforHoosiers.org to find out more!
Why do you care about these issues?
I came into the job not knowing the multitude of barriers low income Hoosiers face as they try to reach self-sufficiency. No idea. But as I worked on defeating the expansion of payday lending, expanding SNAP access, and breaking down barriers to education and job training, I realized how important – and how often neglected – policies affecting low income Hoosiers are. Big, systemic changes need to be made and I get to be a part of it. I can’t think of a better job.
Military and veterans issues are personal – my husband just got out of the Navy after 7.5 years. I know how greatly these individuals sacrifice and to see them struggling to eat or find housing or get the medical care they need is unconscionable to me. I like being able to use my experiences with the challenges and joys of military life to speak to legislators. It feels like life is coming full circle.
What do you do when you are not a champion for change?
I am always a champion for change! ;-)
But when I’m out of the office, I like to binge watch Netflix (Right now, catching up on Scandal and rewatching Parks & Rec and The West Wing. Up next, Orange is the New Black that I still haven’t watched from June), read everything from mysteries to celebrity memoirs to YA science fiction, play with my dogs Thomas and Roscoe, and visit my husband Stephen who is going to school in Florida. I also really like online shopping for shoes that I never end up buying.
Amy in the media:
IBJ Online – Should Indiana raise its minimum wage? In a word, yes
IndyStar Faith and Values – An increase in the minimum wage is a moral obligation