Staff

Phillip Jackson

Founder

Phillip Jackson founded The Black Star Project in 1996 and served as the Chairman of the Board before passing in 2018. Phillip Jackson had a diverse career including serving as Senior Vice President of Kroch's & Brentano's; Assistant Budget Director for the City of Chicago; Deputy Chief of Staff, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Chief of Staff of the Chicago Public Schools; Chief Executive Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority; Chief of Education for the City of Chicago; and Founder and Executive Director of The Black Star Project. Throughout these experiences, the theme of his work continued to be providing opportunities for and improving the life quality of others.

To read more about Mr. Jackson please see his extended biography: Phillip Jackson: Biography

Gloria Smith

Executive Director

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Raheem Cooper Thomas, Internal Accountant

Cortez Watson, Jr., Director, Youth Initiatives & Innovation

Zaahid McClellon, Office Assistant

Michelle Washington, Office Administrator

Lindsey White, Website Designer

Elisabeth Solomon, Volunteer Proofreader

 

Consultants: 

Cheryl Heads, Strategic Planning & Development

Pierre Clark, Newsletter Editor