Donna M. Jackson is a mom to two wonderful teens, and a lifelong learner. She was raised in Mount Vernon, New York and is a positive product of the city’s public school system (MVHS ’87). She has fond memories of mentors and friends in after school programs and recognizes that the “Power of 3:00” nurtured her love of sports, arts and culture. Ms. Jackson has a native’s understanding of her hometown, and a track record of making it better through active community service, and in her current position as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of the Mount Vernon City School District.
As a bridge builder, she brings people together and draws upon her many experiences in the economic, educational and cultural worlds to champion innovation, opportunity and inclusion. Ms. Jackson is a graduate of Virginia State University, New York University’s Certificate Program in Public Relations, Fordham University’s Executive Leadership Program in Nonprofit Management, and most recently, Restorative Justice certification with Dr. Tom Cavanagh of Colorado State University and Pace University’s Masters in Educational Leadership Program. Her professional resume includes work with the Business & Legal Affairs departments of entertainment and law corporations. She produces educational workshops, cultural and recreational events. She finds joy in servant leadership through board service in Kiwanis International (Mount Vernon Chapter), Northeast STEM Starter Academy, supporting young women as a Girl Scout Leader, Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunities Program and supporting initiatives that provide access and opportunity for youth: in-school, after school and during the summer months.
Ms. Jackson loves science, Maker Faire hand-on learning, and family research. She enjoys writing, and co-published First Black Autos with her father, Henry May. First Black Autos is a story about their ancestor Charles R. Patterson, America’s first African American automobile manufacturer. She collects Mount Vernon memorabilia and is a past trustee of the Westchester County Historical Society. A portion of her collection is included in the June 2009 Arcadia publication Images of America: Mount Vernon, New York and subsequent 2013 Arcadia publication of Mount Vernon Revisited by author and Mount Vernon City Historian Dr. Larry L. Spruill. Ms. Jackson looks forward to sharpening her advocacy skills for the benefit of Mount Vernon youth as a 2019-2020 Power of 3:00 Ambassador and networking with passionate Afterschool providers and supporters.