Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson is an expert in the fields of urban planning, comprehensive community revitalization and arts and culture. Her work appears in a wide range of professional and academic publications. She has been a speaker at national and international conferences focusing on quality of life, changing demographics, race/ethnicity and gender, urban inequality, communities and cities of the future, and arts and society. An Urban Planning alum, Dr. Jackson will speak about how she has incorporated social justice in a career that spans research, philanthropy, public policy and planning.
Dr. Jackson is currently Senior Advisor to the Arts and Culture program at the Kresge Foundation. Previously, Dr. Jackson was director of the Culture, Creativity and Communities Program at the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C. based public policy research organization. In 2013, with the confirmation of the U.S. Senate, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Jackson to the National Council on the Arts.
Dr. Jackson earned her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA and a master of public administration degree from the University of Southern California.
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