As Director of Development, Alyshia leads the organization’s fundraising efforts. Working with individual donors and small family foundations, Alyshia believes in the power of generating grassroots fundraising to sustain our social movements and the fight for liberation.
Alyshia also oversees the organization’s education programs, Food Sovereignty Tours and the International Honors Program, Rethinking Food Security: Agriculture, People and Policy.
Before Food First, Alyshia worked with high school students, families, community organizations, and public and private secondary schools in education access. As a first generation college student herself, Alyshia worked at universities and colleges to build racial, gender, and class diversity. As Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Tufts University, Alyshia worked to increase the representation of students of color and women specifically in the fields of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering.
Born and raised in Northeast Los Angeles, Alyshia Silva is the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants from Mexico and Ecuador. She pursued a degree in Environmental Analysis and Anthropology, studying how communities of color have been and continue to be systematically disenfranchised by urban and environmental planning and policy. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges.