John H. Jackson

Schott Foundation President and CEO

John H. Jackson is the President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education.  In this role, Dr. Jackson leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott Foundation after seven years at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served as the NAACP Chief Policy Officer and prior to that as the NAACP’s National Director of Education. Dr. Jackson served as an Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender, and Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.  In 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed Dr. Jackson to serve in his administration as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education.  Dr. Jackson possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science 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; a Master of Education and Doctorate of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Dr. Jackson served on the Obama-Biden transition team as a member of the President’s 13-member Education Policy Transition Work Group.  He is founder and Chair of the Board of the Opportunity to Learn Campaign and is in the education chapter and an advisor to this book process.