Our team

Fishadelphia’s team includes middle, high school, and college students, teachers, seafood harvesters, and marine biologists.

Student team members (Thomas / South Philly)

Wen Xin (Graduate)

Wen Xin joined Fishadelphia in 2017 as a junior in high school, because she loves fish - eating fish, catching fish, and watching fish. Also, she was excited to start a student business! Fishadelphia has been a great experience for her to learn about and explore both the business and the seafood worlds. She loves to watch anime and draw anime characters. Plus, she likes to play basketball. She speaks both Mandarin Chinese and English.


Charlisse (12th grade)

Charlisse is Bajan-American, speaks English and is learning Spanish. She is compassionate, driven, and hardworking. Joining the Fishadelphia family in its first year while she was in the 9th grade, she wanted to learn how to run a business and be around and a part of something she loves: seafood. Charlisse enjoys reading, walking, music, and taking care of her baby brother. She is currently obtaining a job as the intern/assistant of an OBGYN doctor.


Cindy (12th grade)

Cindy joined Fishadelphia as a 10th grader. She joined because she likes seafood and is interested in running a successful business. Cindy enjoys listening to music, cooking food, doing yoga, and eating seafood, especially sushi. A fun fact about her is that she is Vietnamese and mixed with White, Puerto Rican, Chinese, and French.


Narry (12th grade)

Narry uses she/her pronouns, she was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She is Cambodian, very adventurous, caring, and open to everyone. Music, dancing, and singing helps her express herself. In her spare time, she enjoys analyzing/ creating artwork. Her favorite food to eat is Chicken Alfredo. For her future college, she is looking forward to majoring in Visual Arts at Temple University

Michelle (12th grade)

Michelle is bilingual and she speaks Spanish and English. She likes to spend time with her friends. In her spare time she likes to listen to music and sometimes play basketball. She’s also Mexican. Lastly she likes to dance

Miguel (12th grade)

 He is bilingual, and speaks both Spanish and English. He is a Philadelphia Police Explorer and a Fishadelphia Student Leader. His biggest passion is helping others. He and the wonderful Fishadelphia team are on a mission to make it possible for their community to afford high quality fish. Not just that but also help the consumer learn the most they can about what they spend money on. He is a dream catcher. “I´m into quality not quantity.’

Nayeli (12th grade)

Nayeli loves fish and her favorite type of fish is tilapia and salmon. She decided to join Fishadelphia because of her interest in fish and business. Fishadelphia has provided a learning experience on how a business works. A fun fact is that she is bilingual; speaks both English and Spanish. She is Mexican, loves to listen to music and to dance.

Student team members (Gratz / North Philly)

Zakeem Lindsay-Moore (Graduate)

He is a 2019 graduate from Simon Gratz Mastery Charter school who likes to rap about his life outside of school. He joined Fishadelphia out of curiosity and really enjoys being a part of all the activities. Zakeem was in the STEM honors program at Gratz and he wants you to know that his birthday is on the last day of the year. 

Tiffany Anderson (11th grade)

Tiffany is a 11th grade artist at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter school and is interested in all media and really would like to learn how to screen print. Tiffany loves to read comic books and her favorite anime show is “Fairytale.” When she isn’t drawing, Tiffany bakes cakes and has been to Las Vegas two times.

Raymond Atkins (11th grade)

Raymond is in the 11th grade at Simon Gratz and is excited to be one of the first Fishadelphia Gratz club members. His favorite subjects in school are Literature and Biology. Raymond enjoys reading fantasy and folklore books. He joined Fishadelphia in order to gain experience in business and to help people get affordable fish. 

Briana Murphy (11th grade)

Briana is a 11th grade scholar at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter High School. She goes to Upward Bound at Temple where she learns about business entrepreneurship. Wish her well as she continues on with her college class at Community College Of Philadelphia.



Dr. Talia Young (Program Founder and Director)

Talia started Fishadelphia because she wanted to connect fishing communities on the shore with eating communities in the city. She also thinks it’s important to work with young people on real-world projects.  Talia used to teach science at Mastery Charter Thomas, and is now a Smith Conservation Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.  To learn more about her academic research, check out her web site. When she is not selling - or studying - fish, Talia likes to cook and eat delicious food, go on adventures in the city and in the wilderness, read fiction, make quilts, and hang out with her kid.



Ms. Tasha Palacio (Youth Development Coordinator)

Tasha has no fish background. But she enjoys seafood! But even more than seafood, Tasha enjoys being a helping hand with students. Talia reached out to her about Fishadelphia and Tasha was delighted at the chance to work with such amazing students! When Tasha isn’t at Fishadelphia she’s spending time with her family, watching Tim Burton movies, debating Disney/Pixar theories, watching and singing along to musicals, playing with dogs, and discovering new streets in the city.




Mr. George Mathis (Clam and Fish Wrangler)

George Mathis is in charge of purchasing our fish and bringing it to Philadelphia. George also harvests or grows our clams. George is a third generation clammer, a clam farmer for over 40 years, and a member of the Heritage Shellfish Cooperative. He became involved in Fishadelphia because of his interest in farmer/fishermen-to-consumer food distribution systems. He also stays busy helping raise his son and two grandkids with his wife Doreen in the Pinelands of NJ.



Kristin has always had a love of fish, fisheries, and education. Talia reached out to her about Fishadelphia early in the planning process and Kristin was super excited to work on such a cool project and help out developing and sharing the curriculum! Kristin also runs a data and science literacy initiative for Rutgers University. When she isn’t working she can be found spending time with her two young kiddos, partner, and dog; getting outside to walk, hike, run, and swim as much as possible; or enjoying the local and in season foods of NJ.