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.

Anansi Carmichael

Tutoring Programs Coordinator

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Contact Anansi with any inquiries about: Saturday University, Black Male Reading Academy, Math Boot Camp, and private tutoring. 

John Davis

Payroll and Finance Manager

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

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, Parent of the Year Awards, the Daddy Daughter Dance, Parent University, and parent .

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