John H. Jackson, EdD became the president and chief executive officer of the Schott Foundation for Public Education in July 2007 after seven years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), during which he served as its chief policy officer and, prior to that, the national director of education. In his role at the Schott Foundation, Dr. Jackson leads its efforts to ensure a high-quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender.
As the NAACP’s national director of education, Dr. Jackson authored the NAACP National Call for Action in Education, working with NAACP units throughout the United States to launch the initiative, which challenged governors across the nation to develop five-year plans to reduce the racial disparities in their respective states by 50 percent. Some of the early successes of this work included the passage of a state constitutional amendment in Florida in 2002 to reduce class sizes; this was done in collaboration with the NAACP Florida State Conference. In 2002, Dr. Jackson received the NAACP Medgar Evers Award, the highest award presented to a NAACP staff member.
Dr. Jackson also served as an adjunct professor of race, gender, and public policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. In 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed him to serve in his administration as senior policy advisor in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.
In 2004, Dr. Jackson founded and currently serves as the chairman of the National Equity Center Inc., a national nonprofit established to promote diversity and democratic values by providing youth with leadership, academic, research, and advocacy skills to eliminate existing local and national civil rights and social justice disparities.
Dr. Jackson’s publications include Race in America and the Rise of Civil Rights Movement, 1896-1954 (College Board); Brown Fifty Years and Beyond: Promise and Progress Advocacy Report (NAACP); and the Office for Civil Rights Annual Report to Congress (U.S. Government Printing Office). He serves on the board of directors for Critical Exposure and is the chairman of the board for the National Equity Center.
Dr. Jackson holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Xavier University of Louisiana; a master of education degree in education policy from the University of Illinois’ College of Education; and a juris doctorate from the University of Illinois’ College of Law. In addition, Dr. Jackson earned a doctorate of education in administration, planning, and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.