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Featured by Food Tank, Tambra Raye Stevenson, the founder of NativSol Kitchen, is leading a new initiative called WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture to empower women & girls to lead and create healthy communities in Africa and the Diaspora. Based on the numbers she believes we need more women and girls as key drivers in our food system by valuing their voices and supporting a pipeline and platform of new leaders from farm to fork. Now she is inspiring a new generation of youth as the author of the "Where's WANDA?" children's book series which was featured on Voice of America.
In 2014 the fourth generation Oklahoman was featured as a "Nutrition Hero" by Food & Nutrition Magazine while at the same time in as National Geographic Traveler of the Year for her passion of finding her Fulani roots in Niger and Nigeria to promote the health of African heritage foods because Western foods have failed us.
Prior to that Tambra spent 10 years of creating and coordinating local and national initiatives to improve health and economic opportunities in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Commerce and D.C. Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives and at the University of the District of Columbia’s Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health.
Her work has been highlighted by the U.S. Library of Congress, Washington Post and National Geographic Traveler Magazine. She has been featured on WPFW-FM radio, Cuisine Noir Magazine, WHUR-FM radio, BellaNaija.com, NBC4, BlackEnteprise.com, Radiant Health Magazine, Huffington Post, Sirius XM Radio, NBC Nightly News, BET.com, and TheRoot.com. She has written for She Leads Africa and quoted in Washington Gardener Magazine and Food and Nutrition Magazine. Appointed by D.C. Mayor Bowser, she serves on the first ever DC Food Policy Council to address a healthy and equitable local food economy. Also I serve as the Health Chair for the NAACP DC Branch.
She has spoken at the Uppsala Health Summit in Sweden, FHI 360 in South Africa, University of Cape Coast Medical School in Ghana, American University of Nigeria, Kano Teaching Hospital, Robert E. Lee Memorial, African Studies Association, Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers Conference, African Heritage Studies Association, Young African Leaders Summit in Ethiopia, U.S. Library of Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture, W,K, Kellogg Foundation, American Public Health Association, and National Association of Black Journalists to name a few.
Tambra’s many accolades include Oklahoma State University’s 2016 Diversity Hall of Fame/Rising Star Honoree, 2016 Fest Africa Community Service Honoree and US Department of Health and Human Services' Secretary’s Leadership Award. She has gained research experience in the top-tiered nutrition research labs at Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition, Science and Policy and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine addressing nutritional challenges among youth and people of African descent.
She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and Tufts University School of Medicine. She has a B.S. degree in Human Nutrition/premedical with a minor in Spanish and a Master's in Health Communication along with certificates from New York University/World Health Organization and completed my her dietetic internship from Dominican University.