Eric Jackson is the founder and Servant-Director of Black Yield Institute. Black Yield Institute is an emerging Pan-African institution based in Baltimore, Maryland. It aims to build independent power by establishing an action network and incubator of and for Black people and entities in pursuit of Black food sovereignty.
From 2011 to 2013, Eric served as a Community Health Organizer with the Baltimore City Health Department’s Baltimarket program, where he established an initiative called Neighborhood Food Advocates and worked to organize residents to improve access to healthy food in Baltimore City. Since 2013, Eric has been educating future change agents as an Adjunct Professor teaching community organizing and macro social work practice. From 2013 to 2016, Eric was employed by the University of Maryland School of Social Work in its Social Work Community Outreach Services, where he served as a Community School Coordinator at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School. Eric worked with students, families and the school community to support school climate, culture, attendance and family engagement, including through cooperative economic development and food/environmental justice work. Eric has received Bachelor’s and Master’s of Social Work degrees from Morgan State University and the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, respectively.
Ultimately, Eric’s vision is to organize and develop leadership within Black and poor communities with the goals of dismantling racism; building greater social, political and economic power; and establishing self-determination though institution and nation building. Eric, a lifelong resident of Baltimore, also enjoys teaching, reading, connecting with good people and eating good food. He is supported and loved on his journey by his four strong children and powerful Queen, Diara.