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Shakirah Simley

Shakirah Simley is a writer, educator, and community organizer in San Francisco. She graduated from Penn in 2007 with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Urban Studies. As an undergrad, she co-founded Penn Student Labor Project, led the United Minorities Council, and successfully advocated for a livable wage for Penn and Temple on-campus security guards, and cross-cultural diversity curriculum requirement. Shakirah has over a decade of experience working on food equity policy issues, as well with national youth organizing and labor unionization campaigns. She is a 2017 Fellow for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, former Community Director for Bi-Rite and its Family of Businesses in SF, and is the co-founder of Nourish|Resist, a multiracial organizing collaborative dedicated to using food spaces and people as tools for collective resistance. She received her M.A. from the University of Gastronomic Sciences via a Fulbright scholarship, and was honored as one of Zagat’s ’30 under 30′. She currently works for the City and County of San Francisco, doing community and economic development in the city's disadvantaged neighborhoods. Her writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, SF Chronicle, Civil Eats and the recently published book: "Feed the Resistance".