Anne Arundel County Central Services Office employee Joanne Jackson will be honored this week as a “Black History Hero” during the Maryland Live Casino’s February 24th Black History Month Celebration. Jackson currently serves as the Minority/Small Business Enterprise Coordinator for the county.
Each year, Maryland Live Casino honors “Black History Heroes” who have made a difference in the community through business, social, and civic empowerment. This year, the event is co-sponsored by the Md. Washington Minority Companies Association. Honorees at the 2015 Celebration also include Anne Arundel County Councilman Pete Smith and Delegate Jill Carter.
Raised in Albany, New York, Joanna Jackson earned a BA degree in Business Administration from Howard University; and a Master’s Degree in Urban/Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public & International Affairs.
Throughout her career, Jackson has provided technical assistance to community groups and business organizations as an urban planner with the City of Albany; as a “peer expert” with New York State Department of Housing & Community Renewal; and as a business development specialist with the Arlington County Department of Community Planning & Housing Development.
Jackson also served as an economic development consultant at the MATCH Institute in DC assigned to work with local officials in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Tennessee, Missouri and Florida.
Jackson also worked to create the Christmas-in-April program in Anne Arundel County in 1991. Serving in a voluntary capacity for 10 years, Jackson organized its Board of Directors, recruited homeowners, contractors & volunteers and solicited corporate sponsors who contributed over $350,000 to repair hundreds of homes owned by senior citizens & the disabled in Anne Arundel County.