Ms. Jackson served as AAR’s Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Development after joining the company in 2010 and more recently added business development to her responsibilities and succeeded in growing AAR’s business in Africa. As President, AAR Africa, Jackson conducts in‐depth market analysis, identifies new business opportunities and strategic industry and business partners, and cultivates strong relationships to bridge the cultural gap and align industry goals with local economic revitalization objectives.
Ms. Jackson serves as a director on the boards of Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), a national organization dedicated to facilitating person‐to‐person relationships between business and government leaders worldwide. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industry Association (AIA), the industry’s leading advocacy Group. Ms. Jackson also sits on the Board for Chicago Foundation for Women, an organization that focuses on issues that affect women’s lives. Also, Ms. Jackson sits on the U.S. Advisory Council on Trade in Africa.
Prior to joining AAR, Ms. Jackson was appointed the first female president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. In that capacity, she led one of the most transformational periods of growth at the venerable civil rights organization, shifting its focus from social Services to economic development. Ms. Jackson also served as communications director for the Governor of Illinois and was the first woman and African American in the state’s history to hold that position. She was also a candidate for President Obama’s once‐vacant U.S. Senate seat in 2008.