Hilltop Urban Gardens
- , 253 Making Connections Initiative , Tacoma, WA
Dean Jackson is a Black, genderqueer farmer living in Tacoma, WA. They are founder and director of Hilltop Urban Gardens (HUG) - a social justice organization working to develop systems of food sovereignty and create racial and economic justice. HUG's work centers the leadership and vision of Black and LGBTQ People of Color and works towards freedom and self determination for people of the African diaspora.
Dean has a long organizing history that ranges from early childhood education, to creating space and voice for queer people of color, to working to build a neighborhood food system. Qualities Dean strives for: heart led leadership, honesty, compassion, and love.