Community Engagement

Trina Jackson

Trina Jackson, Community Engagement Manager

Trina Jackson has nearly 20 years of community-based experience as an organizer, facilitator, and strategist in the social justice movement. Her background includes activism within communities of color in Boston and working with nonprofits, facilitating community dialogues, and consulting on issues of anti-oppression, civic engagement, economic justice, racial justice, leadership development, collaboration, and movement building.

Trina's approach is to explore the intersections of sociopolitical identity and the lived experience; to work for structural and institutional change; to use reflective, participatory and cultural practices for deeper connections between communities directly impacted by oppression; and to construct new narratives which advance social transformation and achieve justice for all.

She is the Community Engagement Manager of TSNE MissionWorks, which includes the Inclusion Initiative, a grant that supports cross-sector networks in communities of color to address root causes of poverty and economic inequality. She also co-coordinates a community-based grassroots project, the Network of Immigrant and African American Solidarity (NIAAS), which seeks to build solidarity between African Americans and immigrants of color through storytelling.

Deeply committed to global struggles for social justice, Trina traveled to Palestine and Israel in October 2014 as part of an African Heritage Delegation with Interfaith Peace-Builders to identify common issues and forge relationships with Palestinians and other communities of color around human rights.

As an independent project, Trina produced Grown By Herself, a multi-media project honoring the rituals, practices, and stories of black women gardeners and farmers. She is writer, nature photographer, traveler, and yoga practitioner. She has a B.A. from Goddard College in Sociology.

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