James Jackson, III serves as the Supplier Diversity Program Manager as Zions Bancorporation, where he is responsible for building relationships with capable diverse suppliers who can provide goods and services across the enterprise. Mr. Jackson has worked in various areas of the financial industry for almost 20 years, and found his passion serving and building his community. In conjunction with his role at the bank, Mr. Jackson serves on several boards of directors, and is the founder of the Utah Black Chamber.
Since its inception in 2009, the Chamber has grown to not only serve black-owned small businesses in Utah but has become the premier organization connecting and engaging Utah’s Black community and building bridges for inclusion. From the Chamber, James started or helped start several other programs to elevate Utah’s diverse community, including the Black Success Center, Living Color Utah and the Utah Diversity Career Fair.
Mr. Jackson is often sought after by various communities, government, and corporations for guidance related to topics of diversity & inclusion. Such inquiries prompted Mr. Jackson to start his own business focused on providing coaching, training, teaching leadership, and organizational development. He has been a speaker and trainer at several organizations throughout the state guiding them towards building a more welcoming environment and has written articles for Utah Business Magazine on diversity and leadership. At the end of 2020, Mr. Jackson,, along with 24 authors around the world, published the book, “Leading Through the Pandemic: Unconventional Wisdom from Heartfelt Leaders.” At the beginning of 2022, James facilitated the Utah Black Chamber’s book publication, “Black Utah: Stories from a Thriving Community.”
As a native Utahan, Mr. James Jackson, III is committed to the social and economic growth of the black and overall diverse community. His goal is to further promote Utah diversity with the hopes of it becoming a more attractive destination for people of color.