Our team

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

Student team members

Wen Xin (college student)

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 (11th grade)

Charlisse - compassionate, driven, and hardworking - joined 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 cooking, reading, listening to music, and learning new things. She currently wants to learn a new language.


Cindy (11th 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.


Jenny (11th grade)

Jenny joined Fishadelphia because she loves to work with others and hopes to get experience with what it’s like to run a business. Facts about Jenny are that she loves to sing and talk to people. Jenny speaks Burmese, Chin (her local language) and English.


Michelle (11th grade)

Michelle joined Fishadelphia because she wanted to work with people and gain some experience with how to run a business organization. A fact about Michelle is that she likes to play basketball. Michelle speaks both English and Spanish.


Miguel (11th grade)

Miguel started fishing at a young age and loves to fish. He loves anything that has to do with water or the sea. He joined Fishadelphia in 9th grade because he wanted to know who caught his fish and also wanted to know the quality of the fish he was eating. Miguel is also excited to sell high-quality fish to his community at a reasonable price. His favorite food is anything from the sea. He cooks seafood and likes to eat and cook new things. Miguel speaks two languages: Spanish and English.


Nayeli (11th grade)

Nayeli loves fish and her favorite types of fish are 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.


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.