Innovative ideas, personal dedication and commitment to excellence are hallmarks of Rebecca Jackson's career.
Jackson just completed her term as the Jefferson County Judge/Executive. She was elected in November 1998, marking the first time a woman had been elected to that office. In her four years in office, Jackson has fulfilled her campaign commitments to reorganize government, reduce the "brain drain" of young professionals leaving Jefferson County, and to increase economic opportunities for all citizens.
Jackson helped lead the successful campaign to merge the City of Louisville and Jefferson County governments. She founded the Young Professional Association of Louisville, a group organized to retain and attract young professionals in the community. The fledgling group of 19 has grown to a current membership of more than 2000 and has gained a national reputation. To assist local officials in bringing jobs to their communities, Jackson organized a 23-county regional forum, which meets quarterly. She also maintains a commitment to efficiency and smart use of technology.
Jackson has represented the United States on four international trips. She visited China as one of seven members of the National Association of Counties (NACo) to foster trade relations with local governments in that country. Most recently, she led the Partnership for Peace delegation to Northern Morocco.
Jackson's background includes extensive experience in business, administration, and education. She began her career as a public school teacher. Her commitment to individuals with special needs led her to form JobCenter, an employment agency for persons with handicaps. Jackson maintains her commitment to persons with special needs through her leadership of New Horizons, a social/recreation program she founded in 1980 through her church.
Seeing the need for reform, Jackson first ran for public office, Jefferson County Clerk, in 1989. She upset an incumbent and was re-elected to a second term in 1993 with 74% of the vote. Under her leadership, the Office of Jefferson County Clerk became the first public office in the nation to obtain membership in the Center for Quality of Management.
Jackson has received numerous awards for excellence and achievement from both local and national organizations. Most notable was her 1998 award as Public Official of the Year by the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks.
Jackson's first home was in Short Creek, Kentucky. She has been married to her husband, Ralph, since 1969. They have three children, Wesley, Garett and Derrick, two daughters-in-law, Jill and Emily, and a granddaughter, Mackenzie Elizabeth.
She is a graduate of Southern High School in Louisville and has earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Louisville.
Jackson is an active member of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville. She has participated in missionary work in Kenya and the Fiji Islands.