Regina G. Jackson
President and CEO, (Present) Executive Director since 1994
Regina Jackson has made it her life’s mission to support children’s futures. For over twenty years, she has led the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), a national model for youth development. Through its character-based, youth-led programs, the organization has combatted hopelessness and empowered thousands of youth to seek and succeed in service-oriented careers.

Regina sets the strategic direction for the Center. She is the primary liaison to both boards of directors and trustees. Ms. Jackson is responsible for fiscal management, business development, talent acquisition and cultivating partnerships. She serves on statewide and community boards and task forces.  Serving as a global leader for youth development, Regina is often called as a subject matter expert to deliver papers, workshops, and presentations both domestically and internationally. At the behest of U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Ms. Jackson recently led two delegations of student ambassadors from East Oakland to China in support of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” and “100,000 Strong” initiatives.

Since the beginning of her tenure, EOYDC’s staff, Board of Directors, community leaders, and clergy have described Ms. Jackson’s leadership as “a stabilizing force for EOYDC’s curriculum and a positive anchor for the challenges of the twenty-first century.” Her successful strategies have tremendously benefitted urban, multicultural, and even international youth. Ms. Jackson has been featured on ABC-TV World News Tonight, Essence Magazine, and Parenting Magazine.

Her efforts have been tireless in setting a firm foundation and providing a replicable best practice model. She has charted a path for sustained growth, gaining corporate, local businesses and hometown celebrity support. Since her tenure began, Ms. Jackson’s leadership can best be described in the words of the staff, board, community leaders and clergy, “as a stabilizing force for the Center’s curriculum and a positive anchor for the challenges of the 21st century”. Simply put, she has implemented a successful strategy which has had a positive impact on urban, multicultural youth.

Regina was inducted into both Bishop O’Dowd High School and Alameda County Halls of Fame. A partial list of distinctions include, the Fannie Lou Hamer Emerging Leader Award from UC Berkeley and The Jefferson Award for Community Service; the National Coalition for 100 Black Women Advocacy Award; Pine Sol Powerful Difference Award, Comcast Hometown Hero, KQED Unsung Hero Award, “Woman of the Year” from State Assemblymember Swanson, 16th district, and, in 2015, the City of Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award.

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