Vice President, Government Affairs
Dorothy R. Jackson is an experienced political professional with experience on the local and national level and strong reputation cultivated in New York State and in the Congress of the United States.
She has served in a variety of senior government positions including, Assistant to Thomas S. Foley, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Donald M. Payne, Chairman; Legislative Counsel to Rep. Donald M. Payne of New Jersey; and Chief of Staff for several Members of Congress. Ms. Jackson also served as Director for Voter Participation at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
Ms. Jackson has experience managing a number of successful political campaigns, utilizing both modern campaign management technology and traditional grassroots organizing techniques and has participated in several Democratic National Conventions. She also has served as President of the Brooklyn Urban League, an elected Judicial Delegate, and has held elected positions in the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and the New: York State United Teachers (NYSUT).
Her many honors include the Civil Rights Award from the National Black Police Association, the Women on the Move Award from the Concerned Women of Brooklyn, and the Public Affairs Award from the Mid-Brooklyn Civic Association. She is a life member of NAACP and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also a member of the American League of Lobbyists, Washington Government Relations Group, and Women in Government Relations, Inc. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and is a Vice Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute 21st Century Council.
A graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Ms. Jackson began her career as an English teacher and a school administrator in Brooklyn, N.Y. During her years in education, she earned a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, N.J. She was awarded fellowships by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service in Washington, D.C. She also holds a certificate in Criminal Justice Administration from Jackson State University in Mississippi and a Professional Lobbying Certificate from the American League of Lobbyists. Toastmasters International awarded her certificates in Communication and Leadership.