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Shakirah Simley

Nourish | Resist
Shakirah Simley is a writer and community organizer in San Francisco. She earned her organizing chops with over a decade of working on food equity, labor and youth campaigns. The daughter of a social worker, and granddaughter of a Black Panther, she graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and completed master’s at Italy’s University of Gastronomic Sciences as a Fulbright Fellow. She served as the Community Director for famed local grocer, Bi-Rite and its Family of Businesses, and in 2016, she co-founded Nourish|Resist, a multiracial collaborative using food spaces and people as tools for collective resistance. Last year, she was a prestigious Fellow for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Her writing has appeared in Civil Eats, The Huffington Post, SF Chronicle, and recently published cookbook for the revolution: "Feed the Resistance". She currently serves as the executive director of community center in the Southeast sector of SF.
San Francisco, CA
Shakirah Simley is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. Shakirah Simley was raised in Harlem, N.Y., where her limited access to fresh, healthy and affordable food was always a challenge. As a young black woman hungry for change, she decided to dedicate her professional career and civic duties to change the future of food by uplifting vulnerable communities and youth. She is an activist, food policy advocate and good food entrepreneur. Shakirah earned her undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in food culture and communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Shakirah has worked as the community programs manager and canner-in-residence at Bi-Rite in San Francisco, and as an advisor to such organizations as the Prevention Institute, Communities Creating Healthier Environments, Funders’ Collaborative for Youth Organizing and Just Food. Shakirah also serves on the following nonprofit boards that focus on food and farming in the Bay Area: Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, SPUR, Community Grows and the Northern California Community Loan Fund Food Advisory Committee. 
Photo: Sana Javeri Kadri