JACKIE JACKSON, PhD
Girls Inc of the Greater Peninsula
Dr. Jackie Jackson brings a unique combination of sharp human services acumen and strong commitment to building girls’ confidence and leadership skills to her role as executive director of Girls Incorporated of the Greater Peninsula. Girls Inc. is part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering girls. The knowledge that Dr. Jackson has acquired as a student of psychology, counseling, human services and public services leadership for the past twelve years now carries over into her work on behalf of girls – benefiting the range of programs and advocacy carried out at Girls Inc. of the Greater Peninsula. From pregnancy and drug-abuse prevention to economic, science and technology education, Girls Inc. programs are delivered throughout the Peninsula, in after-school settings, schools and detention centers to empower and educate girls.
Dr. Jackson has received many acclaim for her achievements. Among her many accolades she received an appreciation Award for Serving as Arts & Humanities Judge for the Continental Societies, Inc. Health, Education, Employment and Recreation (H.E.E.R.) Program, was awarded the Robert C. Ford Human Services Scholarship for three years for her work toward her doctoral studies. Dr. Jackson was inducted in the Delta Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society (2000), she is a 2000 Hampton University Summa Cum Laude Graduate, recognized in the National Registry of Who’s Who In Executives and Professionals (2005-2006 editions), recognized on the National Dean’s List of Outstanding College Students (2001-2002), and recognized in Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2001-2002 edition). She is a member of the Friends of Hampton Roads and the Newport News Chapter of Links Incorporated.
Dr. Jackson is a part-time professor at Capella University, School of Public Service Leadership, teaching graduate courses as well as serving on doctoral dissertation committees. In 2009 she testified before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Committee on Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives at a hearing on Girls in the Juvenile Justice System: Strategies to Help Girls Fulfill Their Full Potential. Also in 2009, Dr. Jackson was a guest speaker at the NASA Langley Research Center, Federal Women’s Program – Strategies for Your Future Symposium. In 2010 she was a guest speaker and charity recipient on behalf of Girls Inc. of the Greater Peninsula at the 8th Annual NAME Conference (National Alliance for Medicaid in Education, Inc.), Williamsburg, Virginia.
Dr. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies/Psychology and a Master of Arts Degree in Community Agency Counseling both from Hampton University. She received her PhD in Human Services with a specialization in Counseling Studies from Capella University. She is the proud parent of two daughters, Kissie 35 and Faith 24, and two grandsons, Tyrese 12 and Omari 10. She is married to John M. Burton and resides in Yorktown, Virginia.