Julia Jackson, a second-generation proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, has dedicated her life to the environment on a global scale. Raised on the family’s mountain vineyards in Sonoma County, she has long held a deep respect for nature and sees herself as a custodian of the land. Deeply impacted by the California wildfires, Julia moved from being an environmental philanthropist to a climate- change activist.
In 2018, she founded Grounded, a nonprofit organization to identify and accelerate the most impactful solutions to ensure a livable planet. Its intention is to align people and the planet through shared learning, innovative solutions and cross-industry collaboration.
Guided by Julia’s drive and leadership, Grounded is supporting and connecting the most substantive and data-driven solutions to help spark tangible impact and immediate systemic change in our planet’s trajectory within the 10-year IPCC timeline. Through outreach and strategic partnerships with thought- leading organizations like the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, One Earth, Sea Legacy, Amazon Frontlines, and many others, she works diligently to amplify climate solutions.
In addition to her work, Julia has served as a featured speaker at leading climate events hosted by the United Nations and POLITICO and delivered a commencement address on food sustainability for the graduating students of the Culinary Institute of America in 2019.
Her track record of working on transformative issues has been featured in media outlets, including Forbes, The Hill, NPR and The Washington Post and has earned numerous awards including the Travel and Leisure Global Vision Awards 2019, North Bay Business Journal’s 2019 Top Women in Business, Cambria: Seeds of Empowerment, honors from the Global Green organization and several wine industry accolades.