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Wanda Jackson

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, National Urban League

Wanda Jackson is Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the National Urban League. Ms. Jackson has overall responsibility for the Human Resources function in the League’s national office, and manages programs and activities in corporate diversity, employment, and leadership development. A passion for people and the support of their success has been the driving force behind Wanda Jackson’s 25-year career in Human Resources. Wanda joined the League after a stint at A Better Chance, as the Director, Business and Professional Partnership Program. There, she worked with corporations placing academically talented  minority college students in full-time jobs and internships. Ms. Jackson has also worked in New York City government as a human resources manager and began her career in retailing, where she worked in human resources as well as in merchandising for Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s.

Kristin Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, Together We Grow

Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Executive Director for Together We Grow and the Center for an Enhanced Workforce in Agribusiness, located at Colorado State University. In this role, Kristin works alongside a consortium of many of the world’s largest agribusiness interests, including members of industry, non-governmental organizations, higher education, and government institutions. Together We Grow is focused on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive agricultural workforce that can power the innovation needed to feed the future.   

Kristin has always had a passion for systems change that creates more equitable opportunities and has done this work through the lenses of public health, policy advocacy, and community development. Most recently, she helped lead Kimbal Musk’s national nonprofit Big Green, which integrates food literacy education into school curriculums across the country.

Kristin has been an instructor with the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU and served as Chief of Wellness Planning for Bellisimo Development Inc., helping lead the master planning, design, and actualization of the award-winning Bucking Horse and landmark Jessup Farm projects in Fort Collins, Colo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from CSU and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado.