May 26, 2019
K. Wyking Garrett is the President & CEO of Africatown Community Land Trust and chief strategist for the Africatown community development initiative in Seattle, WA. A third generation community builder and recognized change agent, Wyking designs programs and initiatives that catalyze, mobilize and activate communities for policy change and social impact.
He has been a co-catalyst for several Seattle based initiatives including precedent-setting real estate development projects Liberty Bank Building and Africatown Plaza, Umoja PEACE Center, Hack The CD, Black Dot business incubator and Africatown Center for Education Innovation. He was a founding director of the African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center in Seattle, WA and for fifteen years he served in various leadership capacities including chair and managing director of the Umoja Fest Africatown Heritage Festival & Parade, the Pacific Northwest's longest running Pan African festival.
Wyking has been the recipient of several awards including 2014 Center for Ethical Leadership Legacy Leadership Award and the Tabor 100 2016 Crystal Eagle Award. He is also an inaugural member of the City of Seattle Music Commission and Alumni Fellow with Green For All, a leading U.S. environmental advocacy organization.