The Jackson Foundation Board of Directors
Jawana V. Jackson, CEO
Jawana V. Jackson was born in Selma, Alabama the only child of Dr. Sullivan and Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson. After completing her education in the Selma public school system, Ms. Jackson finished Fisk University in 1981 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s work in Gerontology.
As history tells the story her childhood home in Selma became the headquarters for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other world leaders in the planning of The Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. The historic four day march led President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the 1965 Voting Rights Act in August of 1965. As a young child Ms. Jackson witnessed American history take place in her home as it relates to the voting rights movement in this country. The events that happened in Ms. Jackson’s home and her parents close association with our nation’s most prominent civil rights leaders forged her commitment to the principles of justice, peace and freedom.
The Jackson Home was built in 1912 by Selma educator and businessman Dr. Richard B. Hudson (the great-uncle of Mrs. Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson) and is also the only known private residence in American to have been consecutively occupied three African American dentist and their families since it was built in 1912. The private residence in Selma, Alabama depicts a rich narrative in African American life in the south and the struggle for voting rights.
In 1985 Ms. Jackson began employment at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia under the leadership of Mrs. Coretta Scott King where for 10 years she held numerous positions including Director of Visitor Services and Coordinator of several King Week activities. In 1996, Ms. Jackson accepted a position in Government and Community Relations with The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, a position she held until 2007.
In 2011 her mother-Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson’s book The House by the Side of the Road The Selma Civil Rights Movement was published by The University of Alabama Press. The book is the Jackson family’s official account of events that occurred in their home.
Her family’s contributions to Alabama, America, civil and social rights led Ms. Jackson to create The Sullivan and Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson Foundation and Museum, Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the historic home and her parents contributions to our nation. The Jackson Foundation and Museum also includes The Juanita Richardson Sherrod Solitude Art Collection, which contains over 60 original oil paintings done by Ms. Jackson’s grandmother before her death in 2008. The Jackson home is listed on The National Historical Register, Alabama Register of History and Landmarks and The National Park Service Selma to Montgomery Trail.
Ms. Jackson is featured in her mother’s book The House by the Side of the Road The Selma Civil Rights Movement, Freedom’s Children by Ellen Levine and numerous documentaries and films.
Jawana V. Jackson lives in Atlanta, Georgia and shares her life and heart with Mr. James Richie. In addition to her duties as CEO of The Jackson Foundation and Museum, she is also co-owner of Par Golf, LLC one of a few minority companies in the United States that produces golf apparel. Ms. Jackson continues to seek opportunities to create a positive environment for others to learn, grow and achieve their goals. Throughout her life she remains committed to the principles of social justice for all who share this globe. Her mission is to find paths for people to build bridges of understanding thereby strengthening the fabric of our world community for humankind to exist with justice and in peace.
James Richie, President
Mr. James Richie serves as Vice President of the Sullivan and Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson Foundation and Museum, Inc. Mr. Richie was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Turner High School. He is also a graduate of Morehouse College, located in Atlanta, Georgia.
After graduating from Morehouse College, he began a 10-year career at Lockheed Aerospace, becoming one of the first African Americans to perform structural repairs on a major government aircraft. In 1976, Mr. Richie became manager of Real Estate for MARTA-Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, managing real estate acquisitions in the building of Atlanta's new rail system- a position he held for over 30 years.
In 2013 Mr. Richie founded Par Golf, LLC- one of the few African American owned companies to manufacture golf gloves in the United States.
As Vice President of The Sullivan and Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson Foundation, Mr. Richie provides oversight on all aspects of the foundations goals and long-term strategy.
James Richie shares his life with Jawana V. Jackson, daughter of Sullivan and Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson and CEO of The Jackson Foundation, Inc.
Mark Anthony Peterson, Secretary
Mark Anthony Peterson, Selma High School 1987, Dartmouth College AB, MBA, Executive Secretary
Founder and Managing Director of Ceyero, Mark Anthony Peterson, has more than 25 years of consulting and executive management experience. Peterson spent six years as a strategy consultant with Accenture. As CEO and President of PrideRock Holdings, Peterson helped build the biometrics from a garage start-up to a $20M screening company. He is the author of Guerrillapreneur and has created an incubator program to help small businesses in the Black Belt.