Jessica Jackson is a native Detroiter who has worked within a myriad of educational contexts addressing access, retention, and success of diverse students. Earlier in her career, Jessica served as a Michigan College Advising Corps College Advisor and led a team to further college access with the Superintendent of Battle Creek Public Schools. As a result of her work, she was invited to sit on the Michigan College Access Network Board of Directors. Committed to ensuring that students were ready for college, she was compelled to teach. As a High School African-American Literature teacher, she continued to also connect the continuum of college and career pathways by also teaching College Summit.
Most recently, Jessica led in higher education and student affairs at the University of Delaware. Most notably, Jessica established partnerships throughout the university, leading to strategic efforts to advance the university’s priority of supporting underrepresented students. As a strategic plan lead, she facilitated the design, implementation and assessment of a curriculum towards intercultural fluency and created a professional competency-based framework for supporting underrepresented students--the first in the country.
Jessica recently returned home and helped lead the summer launch of SMASH Academy here in Detroit.
Jessica's passion for diversity, equity and inclusion are at the core of her work and she has been recognized at the international level for her advocacy and strategic program development. Her expertise in strategic planning, assessment, and program development coupled with her dynamic facilitation and training skills, enable her to create sustainable impact within organizations.
Jessica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Michigan, a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Missouri, and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Delaware.