Luke is a second year graduate student in the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. He began serving as the coordinator of the Truman Youth Leadership Academy in the spring of 2017. Before beginning graduate school at the Truman School, Luke earned a degree in English from the University of Missouri.
Originally from Frankfort, Illinois, Luke has been living in mid-MO since his freshman year at MU in 2008. He has been a writing tutor at the MU Writing Center since 2010. After graduating in 2012, Luke worked around town at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, Lucky’s Market and Harold’s Doughnuts – nurturing his true passion: food.
Luke took that passion for food to Ashland, MO and the Southern Boone Learning Garden with the Missouri Healthy Foods AmeriCorps Program. During his year of service, Luke worked with Southern Boone students: teaching garden lessons, leading after school garden and cooking clubs, and working to get the food the students were growing onto their plates in the cafeteria.
More recently, Luke finished a second year of AmeriCorps service with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri – interviewing and matching mentors with children in 1-on-1 relationships. He continues to work on food issues – engaging in research about food waste and sustainable agriculture and policy options in regard to these issues, working with the Deaton Scholars Program to translate programming materials for Access to Healthy Foods at the Columbia Farmers Market, and taking place in a Community Food Assessment for the soon-to-be-built permanent farmers market structure and agricultural park.
Thoroughly enjoying youth development work, Luke has found a new home with the Truman Youth Leadership Academy.