Trina Jackson is the Building Equity and Alignment for Impact (BEAI) Fund Director for Grassroots International. In her position, she supports environmental justice social movements in the United States and Puerto Rico.
In her organizing work, Trina seeks to explore the intersections of 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 that bring about social transformation, cultural shifts, and radical imaginations.
Previously, Trina served at TSNE MissionWorks, directing and implementing major initiatives and response funds. One, the Inclusion Initiative, stewarded nearly $800,000 in funding over a four year period to grassroots, community-led networks within communities of color. The funds helped to develop strategies to address the racial wealth gap, including through youth organizing and environmental justice. She also developed TSNE’s Urgent Response Fund, a rapid response grants program to support organizations serving communities uniquely vulnerable to the rhetoric of the 2016 presidential election.
Trina serves on the board of directors for the Center for Story-based Strategy and Haymarket People’s Fund. She is the producer of Grown By Herself, an independent multimedia project that honors the gardening and farming traditions of black women. She has a bachelor’s degree from Goddard College, and is a Master’s Degree candidate in Public Policy at Tufts University’s Urban and Environmental Policy program.
Her passions include writing, traveling, photography, and yoga. She lives and works in Boston.