Tia Byrd is an Alumni of Tennessee State University. After relocating to St. Louis in early 2014, she began working in social justice, land use, and economic policy as the executive director of a nonprofit. Her work in urban agriculture coincided with this. Studying permaculture design and food preservation she began stewarding a garden space and working with youth and returning citizens in the St. Louis region. She is skilled in database development and volunteer management. Her current position in workforce development allows her to engage youth and community partners who are passionate about securing IT work opportunities for young adults. Tia has worked with Freedom Arts since 2017 providing educational experiences for the youth in various programs. She joined the Board in 2022 to use her diverse skills and life experiences to assist in the expansion and sustainability of the programs.
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