Michelle Jackson is president at Junior Achievement (JA) of Southern Nevada. In her role, she oversees the strategic direction for the organization while ensuring the necessary resources are secured to reach programmatic goals. Through her leadership Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada continues to expand its reach into Las Vegas’s kindergarten through twelfth grade classrooms. Jackson works closely with community leaders to cultivate partnerships that will sustain and generate new avenues for delivering JA’s programs. Most recently, she developed the organization’s board leadership with seven new members, further diversifying the representation of the community on their board. Ultimately she is working to ensure Southern Nevada is the beneficiary of Junior Achievement USA’s two hands-on capstone programs; JA Finance Park and JA BizTown.
“My work with Junior Achievement is especially meaningful to me. We’re teaching the youth in our community how to be ready to be successful adults and giving them the tools to obtain their dreams. There is no better program to teach kids how to be smart with their money, ready to join the workforce or even become business owners themselves!” says Jackson.
She serves on the United Way Financial Stability Council and on the Advertising Community Talent Show committee. Being able to invest her time into mentoring new non-profit professionals in making the next step in their careers is especially rewarding for her.
Prior to her role at Junior Achievement, Jackson was the director of development at New Vista where she led a capital campaign to raise funds for the first senior living facility and medical clinic for the intellectually challenged.
Jackson received her bachelor of communications with an emphasis in advertising and business marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2002. She also has obtained the certification of non-profit management and an advance certificate in human resource management from UNLV.
The Jameson Fellowship focuses on leadership and recognizes individuals – of diverse ages, races, backgrounds, sectors, and organizations - for their contributions to southern Nevada. The Fellowship is an investment in relationships and aims to build a solid and connected leadership base across the nonprofit sector.