Alyia Gaskins is the Founder and CEO of CitiesRx, LLC. A public health strategist and urban planner, she helps communities build healthy, resilient places and people. It’s a passion inspired by her mother, who despite working two jobs struggled to make ends meet. From a young age, Alyia saw firsthand the challenges that make it difficult for people to reach their full health potential as the financial strain often forced her mom to make difficult trade-offs between food, rent and medication, negatively impacting her mom’s asthma and diabetes.
Alyia has 10+ years of professional experience developing and executing the strategy for large-scale initiatives. Prior to founding CitiesRx, as a Senior Associate at the National League of Cities, she helped hundreds of municipalities pass over 3,000 policies to promote health equity through First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties initiative. As a Policy and Program Associate at D.C. Hunger Solutions (DCHS), an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center, Alyia partnered with municipal leaders to implement the D.C. Healthy Schools Act and the D.C. Healthy Tots Act – comprehensive legislation to improve the health and wellness of children by promoting healthier school environments.
Alyia loves her city. She serves on the Alexandria Transportation Commission and is currently chairing the update of the City’s mobility plan. She also serves on the Hunger Free Alexandria Steering Committee, Women of Color in Community Development Board of Directors, and Good Shepherd Housing Leadership Council.
Alyia is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and has earned master’s degrees in public health and urban planning from the University of Pittsburgh and Georgetown University, respectively. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance from the University of Chicago. For her work, Alyia was recognized as a Next City Vanguard and as one of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under 40 honorees. She is 2020 New Leaders Council Fellow in the Virginia Chapter.
When not working, you’ll find her adventuring through Alexandria with her husband, Greg, and beagle, Riley, or actively strategizing with other change-makers and friends on how to build a healthier city.