The eldest daughter of a military family of six raised in Virginia Beach, Va, Wankeeta Jackson has always been a dedicated lifelong learner. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2002 and has been in a multitude of positions that moved her from Virginia to St. Louis, MO, and then to New Orleans, LA.
Wankeeta currently serves as Racial Justice Program Associate at the Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) in New Orleans. She has been heavily involved in supporting the co-design and implementation of FFL's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation as well as support for the developing initiatives within criminal justice reform, bail reform, and economic justice.
After finishing her master's degree in Human Services in 2015, Wankeeta made the shift from corporate America to work that aligned her with desire to see social and racial justice and equity for marginalized communities of color.
Before working with the Foundation for Louisiana, Wankeeta took on a capacity building position Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation as Grant Research and Evaluation Associate and in this role, she designed and implemented systems and materials that expanded funding of and furthered Propeller's mission to help local entrepreneurs and nonprofits tackle racial and environmental disparities in New Orleans's education, food access, health and water sectors.
Wankeeta is grateful of the community of passionate people she found in New Orleans and is dedicated to serve that community in a multitude of ways. She currently serves as Co-Chairman on the Board of Directors of the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC), she's the Membership Chair for the Louisiana Chapter of the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and is the Founder and Captain of Mardi Gras Walking Krewe, Women of Wakanda.