Jocelyn Jackson

Chef, Community Builder

Jocelyn Jackson’s passion for culturally significant food, social justice, creativity, and community is rooted in a childhood spent on the Kansas plains with her family singing a blessing before sharing a soulful meal. Inspired by her travels to West Africa and the diasporic Deep South, Jocelyn founded JUSTUS Kitchen to continue to create healing food experiences that inspire folks to reconnect with themselves, the earth, and one another, with the goal of collective liberation. Recently she joined ARRAY Foundations LEAP cohort with her project “Fixed Price Menu” and published work in Eater, Epicurious, The Kitchn, and contributed an essay to the recently published anthology “Black Food” by Bryant Terry. She also provides food activated JEDI presentations for many organizations. And she still begins every meal with a song. Trained as an artist, attorney, and environmental educator, she enjoys using her role as a cook activist to build beloved community. 

 Jocelyn is also a co-founder of People’s Kitchen Collective based in Oakland. PKC is a large-scale community dining project that uses food and art to address the critical issues of our time while centering the lived experiences of Black and brown folks. PKC received the Creative Capital Award, Rainin Fellowship, and Open Spaces Grant, for their interdisciplinary social art practice. PKC installed their “Kitchen Remedies” project at the Smithsonian and was also named “Rising Star Chef” by the San Francisco Chronicle, honored on the YBCA 100 list, and was presented with the advocate award at CAAMFeast. PKC’s work is included in “How We Show Up” by Mia Birdsong and “Feeding the Resistance” by Julia Turshen.

 Each year she brings her expertise on topics as varied as civil rights, food justice, intersectional feminism, Black arts, and environmental justice into informative and inspiring speaking engagements for audiences such as UC Davis, Kiva, Calm, and Grantmakers in the Arts. 


TOPICS: Food, Art, Race