Shatia “Tia” Strother is a Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn native and resident whose life passion is maintaining the legacy and culture of communities of color through activism in social, food and environmental justice. Her role as mother and wife has led her towards a path of intentional radicalism with the hopes that she can raise her children to champion the causes they find important to them. In 2014 she was hired as the lead organizer for FUREE and shortly thereafter, promoted to program coordinator. In this role, Tia wears many hats, including the development and oversight of all FUREE campaigns and programs.
In 2012, Tia co-founded the 462 Halsey Community Garden with the mission to develop a safe, inclusive, green-space for residents to create and strengthen community bonds through growing food, sharing resources and addressing both social and food justice issues. Along with many other projects, Tia is a member of the Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC) and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM).
In her free time, you can find Tia gardening, camping/hiking, working on her growing collection of dead animals, or some random, potentially dangerous adventure. Tia loves to travel and share stories, is an avid baker and experimenter in the kitchen as well as a dabbler in the art of homemade jam.