Jerry Hawkins

Executive Director
Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Jerry Hawkins is the Executive Director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, part of a national initiative of The W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Jerry is also a co-founder of The Imagining Freedom Institute. Jerry was formerly the Project Director of Bachman Lake Together for The Dallas Foundation and Zero To Five Funders Collaborative. Jerry is a 2020-21 Presidential Leadership Scholar, a Leadership Arts Institute Fellow with the Business Council for the Arts, a Dallas County Historical Commission Member, and sits on the Dallas’ City Plan Commission (CPC) Comprehensive Land Use Committee.

Jerry also serves on the boards of Leadership ISD, Deep Vellum Books and Young Leaders, Strong City. Jerry has been awarded PBS/KERA’s American Graduate Champion in 2017, an Outstanding Child Advocate at CHILDREN AT RISK’s Texas Academy Awards of Child Advocacy in 2020, and was selected as one of the “Dallas 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in North Texas” in 2021 and 2022 by D CEO/D Magazine. Jerry’s first editorial offering, A People’s History of Dallas, will be published in 2023. While living in Chicago, Jerry worked for Chicago Urban League. Jerry and his three children, aged 20, 18 and 13, live in Dallas, TX.