Natasha Thomas-Jackson is a writer, artist, activist, creative consultant, and community educator whose work is rooted in personal empowerment and spiritual/social transformation. She is the co-founder and executive director of RAISE IT UP! Youth Arts & Awareness (RIU), an organization that promotes youth engagement, expression, and empowerment through performance, literary art, and social activism.

RIU has been featured in Teen Vogue, National Public Radio (NPR), PBS, NowThis, Huffington Post, Blavity, NYMag, Mashable, Yahoo, Buzzfeed and more. Natasha’s writing has been published in academic journals, congressional reports, and digital publications such as Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies and AlterNet. In 2005, she wrote the foreword for IMAGN – Increasing Minority Awareness of Genetics Now, a report co-sponsored by the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University and the Congressional Black Caucus.