|Name||Frank G. Jackson|
Cleveland, Ohio , United States
|| October 04, 1946
|Last Modifed||None Entered|
Jan 27, 2007 06:31pm
|Info||Frank G. Jackson became president of Cleveland City Council in January 2002; and since being elected, he has worked with his colleagues to affect change under the motto of "Moving Cleveland Forward." |
President Jackson, 56, became a city councilman in 1990 when the residents of Ward 5 decided he was the best man to help improve their crime-ridden, economically depressed community that had the highest percentage of poor people in the city. During his first term in office, the Central area comprised most of President Jackson's ward. He now represents Central, North Broadway and portions of Kinsman. Since being elected to office, President Jackson has led his community on a housing renaissance and is working hard to reinvigorate retail development.
Ward 5 community residents are seeing run down housing complexes demolished. In their place are new housing developments that provide residents with safe, decent, affordable housing. One example is the $111 million redevelopment of Longwood into a complex now known as Arbor Park, which, upon completion, will have more than 600 townhouses reserved for low-income individuals and families. Hundreds of new single-family homes are also being built throughout the community.
President Jackson is a Vietnam War veteran. After being honorably discharged, President Jackson returned to his E. 38th St. home and began taking classes at Cuyahoga Community College. In 1975, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in urban studies and history from Cleveland State University. He continued his education by enrolling in CSU's graduate studies program where, in 1977, he earned a masters degree in urban studies.
President Jackson worked his way through law school as a night clerk at Cleveland's Municipal Clerk's Office. In 1983, President Jackson received his law degree from CSU's Cleveland Marshall College of Law. After graduation from law school, President Jackson worked as an assistant city prosecutor, but left the prosecutor's office to run for the Ward 5 council seat.