Tamika R. Francis is the Community Engagement Manager for the Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! (LGHB) a U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health program. She has sound Caribbean heritage, having lived or worked on several islands on bilateral international development projects funded by the World Bank, USAID and the European Union. She moved to Boston ten years ago, where she immediately found herself connected to social justice issues. She is committed to people-centered development, and approaches that collaborate with those most affected by a problem, to work towards a solution. Her lived experiences, coupled with work in multi-sectors, led to her role as the resident engagement strategist, and key architect behind LGHB’s Healthy Community Champions program. Tamika has a strong passion for the outdoors, farming, wholesome food and reverence for traditional and indigenous practices. She earned her Bachelor’s in Geography from the University of the West Indies in 2003, and her Masters in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2010, where she focused on conservation and capacity building in the context of small island developing states. When she is not working on Let’s Get Healthy, Boston!, she can be found expanding her cooking repertoire, or, visiting as many UNESCO world heritage sites as possible, however, the list keeps growing, making her goal a moving target.