Chicago, Illinois , United States
|| January 26, 1965
Sep 08, 2010 09:14pm
|Info||Cheryle R. Jackson is president and CEO of the venerable Chicago Urban League, one of the city’s most respected social and civil justice organizations. Appointed in October 2006, Jackson is the first female to hold the position in its 90-year history. The Urban League focuses on the city’s African American workforce and business community to empower and inspire individuals to reach and exceed their economic potential. |
Prior to her history-making appointment at the Urban League, Ms. Jackson served in the administration of Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, most recently as deputy chief of staff of communications and before that as communications director and chief press secretary, making her both the first woman and African American to hold the position in the state’s history.
Before joining Gov. Blagojevich’s administration, Ms. Jackson spent three years in senior-level government affairs positions with Amtrak as vice president for communications and government affairs. She was responsible for Amtrak’s state and local government affairs and served as spokesperson in 41 states, often during times of crises, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In addition, she served in various capacities at National Public Radio (NPR), including as vice president of communications and brand management, director of corporate communications and director of corporate identity and information. Among her charges, Jackson served as national spokesperson and oversaw the network’s national marketing, advertising and public affairs operations.
Jackson serves as a director on the boards of the Field Museum, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern University, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the 2016 Chicago Olympics Committee and the Daniel Burnham Anniversary Planning Committee.
Jackson is a native of Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University in 1988. She and her husband, Charles, reside on Chicago’s South Side.