Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs is a Trinidadian-American mom, artist, organizer and thought leader.
Tabitha is a driving force for sustainability and accountability in the fashion industry. Through her unique life path as an organizer, activist and designer, she sits at the intersection of racial equity and fashion. She has been featured on MTV, MarketWatch, Al Jazeera, WWD, NowThis, LA Times, Forbes, Nylon, Bustle and NY1 for her work as a designer. Through Tabii Just Strategies, Tabitha consults with fashion brands on racial equity, social impact and strategic communications related to racial equity and partnerships. She advises and guides brands and people through a journey that centers racial equity and emboldens lifelong changes in perspectives surrounding equity. Her approach includes the mindset that all who are willing to learn and grow need tools and actionable skills to become true anti-racist allies and accomplices.
Tabitha is also on the Advisory Council of The New Fashion Initiative and The New Standard Institute.
Tabitha is a leading voice on parenting anti-racist children and writes often about raising multiracial children in today's America. Read some of her writings here. Tabitha is also the author of the biweekly column, Raising Anti-Racist Kids with Romper.com.
Tabitha has held talks about the intersection of art, fashion and activism at several educational institutions including the Fashion Institute of Technology, St. Francis College, Georgetown University, Gettysburg College, George Washington University and DePauw University, to name a few. Tabitha has also been a panelist about the topic of sustainable fashion and/or activism at Yale University, the Sustainable Textile Summit, NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council Sustainability Summit, the Women's Convention, Go Green Convention and more.
Tabitha is also one of the women who spearheaded the organization of the Women’s March On Washington on January 21st, 2017, helping organize the largest demonstration in response to an election in U.S. history. She currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Program at Women's March. In this role, among other duties, she has spearheaded and continues to lead on partnerships with the WNBA, Lush Cosmetics, Ben & Jerry's, Johnny Walker, Cora Women and more. She is the co-founder of Youth Empower, the youth arm of Women's March. Tabitha has led and been an adult ally to several youth initiatives through her work with Youth EMPOWER. She led the Youth EMPOWER team in organizing the Enough! National School Walkouts that saw over 2.1 million students walk out of schools demanding safety in their schools and communities from gun violence, making it the largest decentralized single day protest in the history of this country. Tabitha coordinated the Youth Ambassador program which saw 31 young people from all over the country recognized for their outstanding activist work. She co-led the one day strike, A Day Without A Woman, which saw participation from women all over the world. Tabitha created and led the launch of the Empower Toolkit, a tool for high school and college students that provides actionable tools for organizing, voter education and running for office. She built and developed this toolkit, which is a product of a collaboration between Women’s March, Rock The Vote, Teen Vogue, Rise to Run, The Gathering for Justice and Justice League NYC.
Tabitha consulted with Penguin on the kids book, Little Activists, released in Fall 2017. Together with 24 other Women's March organizers, Tabitha was recognized as one of Glamour Magazine’s 2017 Women of the Year. She has been featured in the book, 200 Women Who Will Change The Way You See The World and was named one of 100 Women Who Stood Up To Trump In His First 100 Days. Tabitha was also named one of Nylon's 8 Emerging Designers Who Are Changing The Game.
Tabitha lives with her two children and partner and has stuttered since she was a child but is finally working on living with it.