HU Employee Spotlight: Demetria Jackson

At Humanity United, we are proud to work with a talented and dedicated team that brings curiosity, empathy and creativity to our commitment to create a world with greater peace and dignity.

Each month, we will highlight one of our team members and invite you to meet the individuals that make so much of our work possible.

 

Name & position?
Demetria Jackson | Office Manager, DC

Have you had any unusual pets?
No pets, but my kids are currently wearing me down with hopes of getting a dog.

What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
The Heart of A Woman, by Maya Angelou. This book is so rich with history. Angelou shares stories from The Harlem Renaissance era, when she worked with Dr. King and the Literary Writer’s Guild that she was part of. Angelou’s book is full of wisdom and cherished insights that she shares from her perspective as a woman and mother who has experienced and endured much in life. This book is a reminder that no matter what you are going through, it can be overcome.

What do you do for fun?
Most of my fun consists of spending time with my family and DIY projects around the house. I am becoming obsessed with finding unique second hand furniture pieces and restoring them.

What was your first job?
My first job was working as a shampoo assistant at my aunt’s hair salon on weekends while in high school.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
I went zip lining through the rainforest while vacationing with my daughter and her friends for her 16th birthday. Considering I am not a very adventurous person, that was a pretty big deal for me.

Favorite travel location?
My favorite travel location is the Caribbean Islands, and I am ashamed to say it’s largely because of the delicious cuisine.

Favorite food indulgence?
Tacos! Crunchy tacos to be specific!

What inspires you?
I am inspired by my family, friends, perseverance, love, art, fashion, kind people and clarity. I’m inspired by those moments when all the thoughts of the world, stress and life just disappear and you can think about the bigger picture and what’s important in your life. There’s so much inspiration to be found in those moments and I am thankful for what they bring.