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South Sound Gathering

September 29, 2020, 8:30 am5:15 pm

Forterra, South Sound 2020
Watch the South Sound Gathering Recording

Tamar Jackson provided a list of resources to share for organizations to begin or continue their diversity, equity, and inclusion work within their teams:

What does the future hold for the South Sound?

On September 29 viewers joined a series of discussions on community and conservation work in the South Sound. Forterra hosted three events on conservation and equity, envisioning the future, and attainable housing in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood.

Coffee & Conversation: South Sound Land Conservation and Stewardship

How is land conservation moving forward in South Sound during these challenging times? Forterra’s conservation team provided an update on recent work and ideas for the future. Those who attended engaged in conversations about conservation and equity. To learn more about Forterra’s conservation work, contact Forterra’s Director of Conservation Transactions, Darcey Hughes.


Panel Discussion — Envisioning the Future Together: Community, Land, and Voices in South Sound

The future well-being of our region depends on many critical needs, including community resources and healthy ecosystems. Three panelists: Amber Hayward, Emily Pinckney, and Tamar Jackson shared their inspirations, challenges, and visions for the future. Watch the recording of the discussion.

Amber Hayward, Forterra

Amber Hayward is a Puyallup, Salish, African American woman who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Native American Studies from The Evergreen State College. She lives on the Puyallup Tribal reservation with her three children and has worked for her people for over 15 years. Her time includes working for the Puyallup Tribal Historic Preservation Department, and she presently holds the title of Program Director in the Language Program. It brings her much joy to serve the Puyallup Tribal Community through txʷəlšucid use, material production, song, dance, storytelling, and many other community events. Learn more and support the Puyallup Tribal Language Program at www.puyalluptriballanguage.org.

Emily Pinckney, Forterra

Emily Pinckney (she/her) grew up along the Salish Sea in Tacoma. She attended Humboldt State University and Duke University and graduated with a degree in Marine Biology and Conservation. Her experience as an underrepresented scientist led her to advocate for environmental justice and equity principles and educate underserved communities on how to navigate around systemic barriers. As the Youth Volunteer Coordinator and a DEIJ specialist with Point Defiance Zoo, she serves on the Washington State Environmental Justice Task Force, Sustainable Tacoma Commission, and the Tacoma Urban League Young Professionals. When not engaged in policy and science directly, she choreographs intersectional environmental dances. Support the Zoo Society at thezoosociety.org.

Tamar Jackson, Forterra

Tamar Jackson (tjackson@workforce-central.org), Director of Community Engagement for WorkForce Central, was born and raised in Tacoma and has a passion to make Tacoma the best place to live. He strives to spur change that community leaders are seeking and help meet community needs addressing challenges that come with changing demographics, different points of view, and workplace fairness to exceed the needs of clients, service providers, and stakeholders. With a strong sense of collaboration, Tamar instinctively brings teams together utilizing an individual’s strengths. His motivational approach to problem-solving turns challenges into opportunities. Support WorkForce Central at workforce-central.org.


Happy Hour: Hilltop and Forterra  

Forterra’s Hilltop team shared project updates and joined conversations about our work in Hilltop. If you would like to learn more about Hilltop and get connected with our team, please contact Forterra’s Community Development Senior Project Manager, Jeff Dade.


September 29, 2020
8:30 am – 5:15 pm


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