Founder and CEO, WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture
Tambra Raye Stevenson is the visionary founder/CEO of WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture working to build a supportive sisterhood of "food sheroes" of the African diaspora who are conscious, connected and committed to contributing to change farm to health in their communities. By this summer, WANDA will be launching its online academy providing courses, coaching and community for women in Africa and the Diaspora to become the food sheroes we need in our communities. Building on the ancestral culinary legacy, Tambra believes through the power of sisterhood, we can both fight diabetes and climate change. Her passion for reconnected to her food roots that inturns can heal her community stems from seeing a lack of critical cultural food studies in her academic training along with seeing her family members die from preventable lifestyle diseases.
Using the power of media and creativity, Tambra is a nutrition educator and author of “Where’s WANDA?” series which is available at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. She shares the global foodie adventures of “Little WANDA” who finds her superpower is her heritage foods to heal her family and community and save her grandmother from diabetes by traveling to Nigeria.
Appointed by Mayor Bowser to the D.C. Food Policy Council, Tambra serves as the Council’s first public health nutritionist and co-chairs the Food System and Nutrition Education working group, which is championing nutrition education for all. As a William Montague Cobb honoree, she co-chairs the Health Committee for the NAACP DC Branch, which has built a platform to addressing nutrition injustice and tobacco advocacy. She has spoken on heritage diets and food equity at U.S. Library of Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture and universities in Europe and Africa.
As a 2014 National Geographic Traveler of the Year, her passion focuses on reconnecting, her work has been highlighted by Forbes, Washington Post, Technical.ly, Voice of America, Food Tank, and National Geographic Traveler Magazine. As a Les Dames d’Escoffier International member, she serves as 2020 James Beard Judge and as a contributor to the award-winning book: "Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South." She created the first Food and Environment Committee for the Metro Washington Public Health Association and was selected in the Women Environmental Leaders program by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in 2019.
The Boren National Security Education scholar holds a B.S. in human nutrition, Spanish and M.P.H. in health communication from Tufts University School of Medicine and Oklahoma State University. She formerly held posts in the US Department of Health and Human Services, US Department of Commerce and the Executive Office of the DC Mayor working on women’s policy and at the University of the District of Columbia's Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health. She holds certificates in social marketing and global health communication from New York University-World Health Organization and University of South Florida School of Public Health. Learn more at tambraraye.com.