A public health strategist and urban planner, Alyia Gaskins helps communities build healthy, resilient places and people. It's a passion inspired by her mother, who despite working two jobs struggled to make ends meet. From a young age, Alyia saw firsthand the challenges that make it difficult for people to reach their full health potential. The financial strain often forced trade-offs between food, rent and medication, negatively impacting her mom's asthma and diabetes. Alyia is sought after for her expertise building cross-sector partnerships to breakdown systems and change policies that make it hard for people to be healthy.
Known for her creativity and thought provoking insights, Alyia was recognized as a Next City Vanguard and as one of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's 40 Under 40 honorees. She serves on the Alexandria Transportation Commission, Hunger Free Alexandria Steering Committee, Women of Color in Community Development Board of Directors, and Good Shepherd Housing Leadership Council. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and earned a master's degrees in public health and urban planning from the University of Pittsburgh and Georgetown University, respectively. When not working, you'll find her adventuring through Alexandria with her husband, Greg, and beagle, Riley, volunteering, or strategizing with friends on how to build a healthier city.