Title: Community Engagement Manager
Jonathan Adams is a Queer Black individual hailing from Tacoma, WA. Jonathan received their Bachelor’s Degree at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in sociology and dance where their passion for advocacy, justice, and racial equity was cultivated. While at PLU, Jonathan launched a campaign with their mentors called the Listen Campaign that focused on the many varying perspectives on diversity, and what it means to not only embrace diversity, but work actively in community to promote social change.
Since childhood, Jonathan has been deeply invested in their community as a youth outreach coordinator, a Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) intern, a media specialist, and through working on projects at various non-profits as well as through teaching sociology.
Through all of this involvement, Jonathan has cultivated a well-rounded sense of radical solidarity, activism, and inclusion for vulnerable populations. In 2017, Jonathan received his Master of Social Work with honors from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Social Innovation, Change, and Global Social Work.
Jonathan believes deeply in the words of Audre Lorde: “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives.” Jonathan continues to learn, grow, and challenge themselves in the work that needs to be done for his community. As they continue their journey, they will continue to challenge whiteness and continue to advocate for Black and non-Black POC’s in their community. Jonathan loves theatre, travelling, supporting their partner’s art, and dancing—specifically West African folk and hip-hop.
Come adventure with Jonathan on Instagram: @ja_lando
Contact Jonathan about making a gift to Pride Foundation and any event-related inquiries.