Philip Jacobs joined Washington Employers for Racial Equity (WERE) as executive director in May 2021. He is responsible for supporting the coalition in its pursuit of racial equity in the workplace. Under Philip’s leadership, the coalition also seeks to partner with business and community leaders, advocates, and other stakeholders to support advocacy and actions that advance racial equity across Washington state. Philip came to WERE from Seattle-based Greatheart Consulting where he developed and led the firm’s “Racially Savvy Leadership Program,” which equips executives for courageous conversations about race and ethnicity that translate to leadership actions and systems change. While at Greatheart, he consulted and supported DEI initiatives at Fortune 500 companies. Philip began his career in the private sector and brings 10+ years of experience as a project manager and analyst. He is a graduate of both Seattle Pacific University and Highline Community College. He is also father to two young boys.
We are in a unique moment in our nation’s history, where there is a shift from minimizing the realities of systemic racial inequity that Black Americans experience to now acknowledging them and actively seeking to right those wrongs. I’m tremendously honored to lead the efforts of WERE, working together with our coalition members to do our part in building an equitable future for Black Washingtonians and all people of color in our state.”