Shakirah Simley
Legislative Aide, City and County of San Francisco

Shakirah Simley is a seasoned organizer and community development strategist with over twelve years of experience working on social justice and equity policy issues. Shakirah is a Legislative Aide to San Francisco District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown. She specifically works on the Supervisor's policy and legislative priorities regarding equity, gender, community development, housing, and homelessness. Prior to joining SF City Hall, Shakirah directed community benefits programs that prioritize environmental justice and equitable economic development for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Shakirah served as Community Programs Manager for the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses in SF, where she directed philanthropy and community development programs with a penchant for youth empowerment and food equity. A community organizer since the age of 19, Shakirah received training and organizing campaign experience through the Midwest Academy and Philadelphia Jobs with Justice. She received an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, and received a master's degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy via a Fulbright research scholarship. Shakirah is recognized widely for her food and social justice work; she has been recognized as change-maker by the Berkeley Food Institute, CUESA, and Zagat and honored by the late SF Mayor Ed Lee as a Good Samaritan for her community activism.