Born and raised in Los Angeles, Alyshia Silva became interested in urban food systems upon seeing how race, class, and gender affected her family and community’s access to healthy food options. With this experience she went on to pursue a degree in Environmental Analysis and Anthropology to study how communities of color are systematically disenfranchised through environmental policy. Furthering her career in issues of access, Alyshia worked for several years in undergraduate admissions, educating students and families about the opportunities and affordability of higher education. These professional experiences strengthened her ability to captivate audiences and compel them to action. This included building long-standing relationships with community partners, presenting to diverse audiences of different backgrounds and ages, and creating an engaging web presence via blogs, podcasts, and email.