Dr. Portia jackson preston
Dr. Portia Jackson Preston is the Chief Adviser to Sustain Equity Group and an Assistant Professor of Public Health at California State University, Fullerton. She lends her public health expertise to SEG to inform the nonprofit's strategic direction, works with the U-TRAIN program cohort as a facilitator and mentor, and leads the cohort in a culminating leadership and wellness retreat experience.
At Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Preston conducts research on multilevel approaches to self-care, and examines how stressors such as racism contribute to health inequity. Her passion for helping leaders build sustainable wellness practices is rooted in her research as well as her own journey of navigating professional roles with a chronic illness. Through Empowered to Exhale, Dr. Preston provides retreats, keynotes, and consulting services to empower leaders to create a culture that promotes well-being and sustainable performance.
Dr. Jackson Preston earned her Doctorate of Public Health from UCLA, her Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her Bachelors degree from Stanford University. Prior to her career in academia, she worked for Deloitte Consulting and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consulted for Susan G. Komen Orange County, and founded Active Steps Coaching.