I Live Here: Burk Jackson

I Live Here: Burk Jackson

Name & Age: Burk Jackson/40

Hometown: Abiquiu, New Mexico

Current Neighborhood: Lorene Park/Gateway

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I’ve been a professional photographer for the last decade but right now my slash is my focus. I founded a nonprofit in 2010 called CreativeCares. We match creative individuals with organizations in need to help them tell their story, connect with the public, and raise awareness of their work. Think of us as a Match.com for the creative and nonprofit communities. 

What do you create? I create connections

How did you land in Portland? Nine years ago, while living in central California, our first daughter was born and we wanted a city on the West Coast where we could raise her without compromise. A good friend was originally from Portland and invited me to visit, after I did so, I was hooked on the city and was willing to do whatever it took to be here.

What is the last book you read? Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer. It exposes the fraud and fabrications of Three Cups of Tea Author and Central Asia Institute founder Greg Mortensen. It’s a stark reminder that there’s a little good in the worst of us and a little bad in the best of us…

Name your favorite tattoo. The birds tattooed across my chest that represent my kids. The artwork was done by Steve Mathews, a painter in the Alberta district and applied by Jason at Oddball Tattoo.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Kimchi Burrito from Koi Fusion

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Willamette Week, definitely…

What is your favorite bridge and why? St. John’s, I worked in the neighborhood while it was undergoing renovation and it was amazing to watch it come back to it’s original beauty. I also like it because it’s sort of a point of no return as you head north out of Portland.

Stumptown Coffee or ________? Water Avenue Coffee?

Coast or Mountains? Depends on the seasons…  I live in Portland, which is great, because I don’t have to choose. They both have a strong appeal to me.

Only in Portland moment? I would say it’s been the response to CreativeCares and all the support we’ve garnered in the community. No matter where I go, people I meet have either heard about it, want to hear about it or wonder why it hasn’t always existed. Portland is the most philanthropic city of its size in the country and has the most Millennial volunteers of anywhere in the United States. All of this means that there is no where else I would have wanted to start a nonprofit that matches creatives and nonprofits in need, it exemplifies two of our most vibrant communities and gets them talking to each other.

A favorite local business? Actually, the proliferation of food carts and, therefore, the democratization of amazing food choices throughout the city is one of the most amazing aspects of Portland. There aren’t too many places throughout the city that don’t have interesting or eclectic culinary options available to most everyone.

Are you a car person or a bike person? Given our neighborhood’s location, our family situation, and my focus on CreativeCares, I’m a car person looking to transition to more bicycle-based transportation.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Given all the amazing people and ideas that cumulate here, I would like to see it more interconnected somehow. We address a small part of that with CreativeCares but, as a whole, there’s still a disconnection amongst people and what happens in the city. Everyone is getting busier all the time and there’s no concise way to know about all the amazing things happening around our city. Maybe I need fewer interests..?

And finally, where can we find you on the web?

You can find me at about.me/burkjackson

You can find my nonprofit at www.CreativeCares.org

I Live Here: Burk Jackson

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