Honored as the 2014 “Nutrition Hero” by Food & Nutrition Magazine, Tambra Raye is an inspiring speaker, nutrition justice advocate, and consultant. The award-winning Tufts-trained health communicator has emerged as a media source for NBC’s The Grio, WHUR-FM, Huﬀ Post, Washington Post, Sirius XM Radio, NBC Nightly News, BET.com, TheRoot.com, and New America Media.
She has spoken at the U.S. Library of Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture, W,K, Kellogg Foundation, Howard University, John Jay College, African Immigrant Refugee Foundation, American Public Health Association, and National Association of Black Journalists.
Recently she was selected as the 2014 ﬁnalist for National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s Traveler of the Year for her passion of ﬁnding her Fulani roots in Niger and Nigeria and purpose of promoting health of African heritage foods. As the founder of NATIVSOL KITCHEN, she was shortlisted by the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation as a Young African Leaders Summit delegate in Ethiopia during the African Union Summit to speak on youth employment in Africa related to food security and agriculture.
Coming from a family of healers, she develops cultural and faith-based nutrition and wellness programs. She is the founding member of the DC Mayor’s Oﬃce on African Aﬀairs’ Health Education Planning Committee. She serves on the Mission Committee for the American Heart Association and community leadership board for the American Diabetes Association. She created the culinary ministry at Saint Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church to address the intersection of faith, food and justice and teaches faith-based nutrition.
Tambra received her bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition/premedical sciences and a Spanish minor from Oklahoma State University. She completed her dietetic internship with Dominican University. She also has a Master’s degree in Health Communication from the Tufts University School of Medicine/ Emerson College Joint Program. As a Boren National Security Education Scholar, she studied public health at Ponticiﬁa Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Dominican Republic.