Takia is a Philadelphia-based vegan cook and food justice advocate. After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science and African American Studies in 2010, Takia began to study food justice, food systems and food policy at the graduate level. She’s had the opportunity to meet with some of Philadelphia’s leading movers and shakers in the local food movement, interview with State Representative Dwight Evans about the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Finance Initiative, speak at Drexel University’s Conference on Global Food Issues, and participate in Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign Tweet-Up at the White House. Her interest in making healthy food accessible to people living in low-income, urban communities led her to create the Uptown Soul Food Vegetarian Pop-Up Restaurant. Based in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, the pop-up restaurant has allowed hundreds of non-vegans to try plant-based meals without having to travel to Center City to do so. Takia is currently using Uptown Soul Food as a platform to provide meals for individuals and families through personal chef services.