Shawon Jackson is originally from University Park, IL. He received his bachelor's degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, and earned minors in African American Studies, Latino Studies, and Spanish. At Princeton, Shawon served two terms as student body president and received two academic awards for his senior thesis on school discipline policies.
After graduating from Princeton, Shawon worked with an education nonprofit in the Dominican Republic. There, he led professional development workshops for young adults in a workforce development program and analyzed data for various education programs. Afterwards, he became a Federal Business Analyst with Deloitte Consulting, helping public and social sector organizations improve their daily operations. He also served as an Education Pioneers Fellow with Horton's Kids, a nonprofit in Washington D.C. supporting children who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.
Currently, Shawon is pursuing a Master in Public Policy and Master in Business Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and Stanford Graduate School of Business, respectively. During his first year at HKS, Shawon co-chaired the annual Youth Leadership Conference, which brought nearly 100 high school students to Harvard for leadership and organizing training.
After graduate school, Shawon plans to start or join an education nonprofit that improves life outcomes for students of color from low-income backgrounds. He is specifically interested in youth leadership development for social change. As a long term goal, Shawon plans to run for office and advocate for policies that meet the needs of our most underserved communities across the U.S.