Phillip Jackson

Executive Director

Phillip Jackson founded The Black Star Project in 1996 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director. Phillip Jackson has 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 continues 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

Dorothy Davis

Director of Operations

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Jorge Solorio

Assistant Director of Operations

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Ava Myles

Director of Development

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Contact Ava with inquiries about: membership, donations, corporate and business partnerships, foundation grants, fundraising, and general volunteer opportunities.

Laura Grossman

Weatherization Program Manager

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Contact Laura with inquiries about: administrative concerns regarding the Urban Weatherization Initiative and Residential Weatherization Program.

Aljean Baker

Weatherization Quality Control and Field Specialist

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Contact Aljean with inquiries about: administrative and technical concerns regarding the Urban Weatherization Initiative and Residential Weatherization Program.

Raquel Kid

Director of Educational Programs

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Contact Raquel with any inquiries about: Saturday University, private tutoring, Parent University, and Math Boot Camp. 

John Davis

Payroll and Finance Manager

Contact John with any inquiries about: payroll, employment verification, or the Black Star basketball team. 

Vincent Cain

Director of Male Involvement Programs

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Contact Vince with inquiries about: Young Black Men of Honor, One Summer Chicago, Father's Club, or Safe Passage.

Ivory Harris

Director of Student Motivation and Mentoring Program

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Contact Ivory with inquiries about: Student Motivation and Mentoring Program, the College Fair, Destination College, Mass Black Male Graduation.

Monalisa McKinney

Parent Program Coordinator

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Contact Mona with inquiries about: Black Star Community PTA.

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