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Paint Encinitas founder hired by Leichtag Foundation

ENCINITAS — The Leichtag Foundation has hired the founder of Paint Encinitas to a key communications position on its staff.

Jax Meyers, who started the public mural advocacy group in 2014, will serve as communications and outreach associate for the foundation, which owns a large community farm on the grounds of the former Ecke Ranch and has donated 4,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks.

“What Jax Meyers has accomplished in one year with Paint Encinitas is inspiring,” said Jim Farley, president and CEO of the Leichtag Foundation.  “Jax grew up in this Encinitas and devotes her energy and passion to this city, and we want to support innovators like Jax.”

Meyers has spearheaded a number of initiatives to create and promote mural art in Encinitas, including partnering with local muralist Micaiah Hardison on a large mural on the wall of downtown’s 7-Eleven in January that has created conversation over its depiction of immigrants arriving to Encinitas on a panga.

In her role with Leichtag, Meyers will be promoting events at the farm, engaging the community through social media, and communicating the impact of the farm’s work. Meyers will continue her work with Paint Encinitas part-time, which has recently partnered with 501(c)3 nonprofit Beautify Earth.

Meyers grew up in Encinitas and graduated from La Costa Canyon High School in 2006.  She graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in LGBT Studies.  After college, she served more than 1,700 hours with AmeriCorps as a Community Service Coordinator in Philadelphia, Pa.

“I’m drawn to projects that are improving the health and wellness of our community,” said Meyers.  “The Leichtag Foundation and I are very much mission aligned.”