University of Missouri-
of New York
Donna M. Jackson is a native of Kansas City, Missouri who currently lives in Hackensack, New Jersey. Throughout her career, she has served hundreds of our most vulnerable citizens who were facing challenges and seeking a better life.
She obtain her B.A. in Sociology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she interned at the Alta Vista Charter School. This pairing resulted in the 2011 completion of "Career Choices and College Life", a college readiness handbook, that she published in English and Spanish to help under-represented students navigate the college application process.
In 2017, she completed her M.A. in Sociology at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, City College of New York-CUNY. There, she conducted a research internship at the Dyckman Senior Center. She was selected to present her findings, "Serving Seniors: Developing Organizational Leverage at a Senior Center", at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in February of 2015.
In recent years, she has worked on two research teams evaluating programs that hope to give students an educational advantage and families better living conditions: Education Through Music and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development-Housing and Neighborhood Study (HANS). In 2020, she published the book "Race, Poverty & Progress: An American Paradox" which explores both the limiting and liberating aspects of the socialization of Black people in America.
Donna is trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), certified to conduct behavioral/social research, holds a New Jersey Department of Education, Teacher of Social Studies certification, teaches middle school social studies, and is currently enrolled in the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Donna is a wife, a mother of three, a step-mother of two, and grandmother who enjoys sewing, video production, drawing, fashion design, collecting vintage clothing, and taking care of her "plant babies" in her spare time.