Wednesday, December 3, 2008

President-Elect Obama Selects Dr. John H. Jackson to serve on Obama-Biden Transition Team

On November 25, 2008, the Obama-Biden Transition team announced the selection of Dr. John H. Jackson, President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education, to serve on the President-Elect's 13-member Education Policy Transition Work Group.

The Work Group is part of the Presidential Transition Project. The focus of the Policy Working Groups will be to develop the priority policy proposals and plans from the Obama Campaign for action during the Obama-Biden Administration.

As President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education, Dr. Jackson directs the foundation's operations and philanthropic strategy to promote advocacy and public policy reforms in education. The Schott Foundation is the recipient of the 2007 Council on Foundation's Critical Impact Award because of its strategic grant making around fiscal equity. Dr. Jackson formerly served in the Clinton Administration as Senior Policy Advisor for Civil Rights Policy in the U.S. Department of Education. He also previously served as Chief Policy Officer and National Director of Education for the NAACP, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Race and Gender Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. Dr. Jackson possesses a Bachelors degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master of Education in Education Policy from the University of Illinois' College of Education, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law, and a Master of Education and Doctorate of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

"We are thrilled and honored that Dr. Jackson has been selected to play such a pivotal role in shaping President-elect Obama's public education agenda and priorities. With Dr. Linda Darling Hammond's leadership and Dr. Jackson as a member of this key transition team, we are confident that the team will provide the key insights needed to ensure that the new administration's education policy pursues high quality public education for all U.S. children." said Greg Jobin-Leeds, Chair of Schott's Board of Directors.

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On a personal note; I came to know John a few years ago, while he was serving as the NAACP National Education Director. John is a truly Brilliant brother and one for whom I have the utmost respect. Congratulations on this appointment John, and thank you for all that you do...

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