Regina Jackson


about me

Every single day I know I’ve impacted someone’s life. There’s no feeling like that.
— Regina Jackson

President and CEO, Regina G. Jackson has set the strategic direction for the East Oakland Youth Development Center's (EOYDC) national youth development model for over 25 years. Focused on character- based leadership, her platform of youth led initiatives have empowered thousands of young people to achieve lifelong academic and career success.

A global thought leader for youth development, Ms. Jackson is often called upon as a subject matter expert to deliver workshops, presentations and papers, both domestically and internationally. At the behest of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Ms. Jackson recently led two delegations of student ambassadors to China in support of President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" and "100,000 Strong" Initiatives. In 2017, she was invited by NFL Super Bowl Champion, Marshawn Lynch to bring a smaller delegation of youth to a service mission to Haiti. In 2019, she led a Southwest Airline sponsored mission to Mexico City.

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 benefited urban, multicultural and even international youth.

Ms. Jackson has been featured on ABC-TV World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Essence and Parenting Magazines.



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Volunteer Police Watchdog 

By day, Regina Jackson is CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center, a 41-year-old nonprofit that provides enrichment programs for more than 2,000 youth and adults. But that's not all. By evening — and weekends, and probably during lunch breaks — Jackson is chair of the Oakland Police Commission, a position that Mayor Libby Schaaf chose her for.


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@StephenCurry30 & @ayeshacurry launched the @eatlearnplay foundation. Regina joined in the fun with special message.


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experience and accolades



  • University of San Francisco, Doctor of Humane Letters 2016

  • Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Leadership Program Fellow 2014

  • The Center for Leadership Innovation Fellow 2013-2014

  • Harvard Business School, Certificate in Executive Education,  High Potential Leadership Program 2009

  • Coro Foundation, Graduate Fellowship in Public Affairs

  • University of Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts Political Science 



leadership roles

  • President and CEO, East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC)

  • Chair, Oakland Police Commission

  • RWJF Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program

  • UC President’s Advisory Committee

  • Advisory Committee, Generation Thrive

  • Honorary Advisory Committee, Black Female Project

  • Advisory Member, African American Female Excellence Initiative- Oakland Unified School District

  • Advisor, United Coin

  • Treasurer, South Berkeley YMCA Advisory Committee

  • 1st Vice President, Bay Area Chapter, National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)

  • Board of Directors, Bay Area Black United Fund

  • Superintendent’s Task Force on Education of African American Males, Oakland Unified School District

  • Mayor’s Commission on Youth, City of Oakland

  • Mayor’s Education Task Force, City of Oakland

  • Mayor’s Education Cabinet, City of Oakland

  • Management Committee, President of Advisory Board - St. Leo the Great Catholic School  

  • Board of Regents, Chair of Admissions and Marketing - Bishop O’Dowd High School

  • Corporate Linkages Committee, National Links Foundation

  • Chair International Trends and Services to Youth Facets, ACCL Chapter of The Links Inc.

awards and accolades (partial list)

NIKE (Kevin Durant) Celebrates Champion of Oakland- Warrios Championship Parade 2018

NAACP Community Service Award 2018

Eastbay Women in Business, Non Profit Leader, Oakland Chamber of Commerce 2018

  • Strengthening Families Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 2017

  • Community Leader Award, Leadership California, 2016

  • Youth Leader, The Talented 25, Sun Reporter 2016

  •   Youth Voices on China Awards, The 1990 Institute , 2015

  • Sabbatical Award, O2 Initiatives, to help great leaders burn brighter, 2015

  • Humanitarian Award, City of Oakland and Living Jazz, for working tirelessly to create change, 2015

  • David E. Glover Legacy Awards 2015

  • “Think China” Delegation Leader, My Brother’s Keeper, (CUSEF) 2014

  • Angel Award, Take Wings Foundation, 2014

  • Community Voices Award, Oakland Local, 2014

  • Featured leader on ABC-TV World News Tonight, Essence Magazine and Parenting Magazine, 2013

  • Sankofa Knight Award, 2013

  • “Think China” Delegation Leader, 100,000 Strong, China US Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) 2013

  • Youth Empowerment Award, ChurchGurls Rock, 2013

  • California Legislature’s “Woman of the Year” Award, California State Assembly District 16, 2012

  • Inaugural Unsung Hero Award, Golden State Warriors, 2012

  • Forever Green Award, Girls Scouts, 2012

  • Community Service Award, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, 2012

  • Ella Hill Hutch Award, Black Women Organized for Political Action, 2012

  • Go To Bat Award, Oakland A’s, 2011

  • Champion for Youth, Black Expo, 2010

  • Fannie Lou Hamer Emerging Leader Award, University of California Berkeley, 2010

  • Unsung Hero Award, KQED, 2010

  • Hometown Hero Award, Comcast, 2010

  • Spotlight Award, Wells Fargo, 2010

  • Thomas J. Bradley Distinguished Citizen Award – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, 2010

  • Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame for Education, Inductee, 2010

  • Powerful Difference Award, Pine Sol, 2009

  • Advocacy Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, 2009

  • Humanitarian Award, Bishop O’Dowd Hall of Fame, 2008

  • Jefferson Award for Public Service, 2008

  • Unsung Hero Award, Jack and Jill of America, 2008

  • Community Leader of the Year Award, National Council of Negro Women, 1998



speaking engagements

  • 2013 Healthy Network for California, Presenter: “Creating Sustainable Community-Based Organizations”      

  • 2012 College of Alameda, Commencement Speaker – Commencement Exercises

  • 2012 Mitchell Kapor Foundation Conference on What Works for Nonprofits, Guest Speaker: “Working Your Net”

  • 2012 Education Pioneers Symposium, Panelist: “Creating Sustainable Organizations”

  • 2012 California State Select Subcommittee on Men and Boys of Color, Presenter

  • 2011 Sacramento Chapter Jack and Jill Scholarship Program, Keynote Speaker: “New Leaders for a New Decade”

  • 2010 and 2011 Rainbow Push Coalition Annual Conference, Workshop Speaker: Building a College Bound Student

  • 2010 and 2011 Annual Public Health Association, Presenter: “Routes to Resilience” and “Violence Prevention Strategies”

  • 2010 Association of Fundraising Professionals, Panelist “Opportunities Knock during Turbulent Times”            

  • 2008 and 2009 Hewlett Packard Corporate Headquarters African American Student Day, Keynote Speaker: “How Will Technology and Service Prepare You for College?” and “Invent Your Success”

  • 2009 San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter 100 Black Men Scholarship Luncheon, Keynote Speaker: “Education, Empowerment, and Service”

  • 2009 Oakland Museum of California, Panelist: “Crips and Bloods” forum on reducing gang violence                   

  • 2008 Model City Summit on Women, Panelist: “Handle Your Stuff! Mentoring Our Daughters”                             

  • 2017 TedxUCDavis SF “Taking Risks to Transform,” Featured Speaker – San Francisco

  • Funding Your Impact Summit, Workshop Presenter “The Art of the Ask, Success and Rejection”

  • 2017 Jack and Jill of America Inc., Webinar Speaker “The Positive Power of Failure”

  • 2016 Oakland Literacy Coalition, Featured Speaker – Oakland

  • 2016 World Affairs Council and U.S. State Department, Road to Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) –Oakland

  • 2016 University of San Francisco, Commencement Speaker - Commencement Exercises               

  • 2015 In The Name of Love, Living Jazz Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., Keynote Speaker        

  • 2015 Olympic Club Foundation Awards Banquet, Celebrating Success, Featured Speaker            

  • 2015 University of California School of Public Health, Global Symposium on Adolescent Health, Making Cents, Making Change - Economic Innovations to Improve Youth Health and Well-Being, Featured Speaker

  • 2015 Community Round-Table Discussion with Attorney General Eric Holder, Improving Police - Community Relations

  • 2015 Step Up Your Game, Golden State Warrior’s My Brother’s Keeper Panel, Panelist

  • 2013 International Women’s Day – Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Featured Speaker 

  • 2013 Eddie Walker Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund Dinner, Keynote Speaker: “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders” 

  • 2013 College Access of California East Bay College Access , Speaker: “Strategies for College Access Readiness and Persistence”






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