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 23 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.

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, Essence and Parenting.



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 1984-1985

University of Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts Political Science  Graduated 1984

leadership roles

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

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 Catholic Church  

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

Corporate Linkages Committee, The Links, Inc. National Foundation


Outstanding Leader, Dollars and Sense


“Profiles of Excellence,” KGO-TV, ABC Channel 7

Apple's iPads open up new worlds for Oakland youth Read more:

'Going Home': Ron Claiborne Returns to Oakland, CALIF. Read more:

East Oakland Youth Development Center Shaping Lives video:

Regina Jackson: Igniting Youth’s Own Knowhow Leads them to Success

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“Experience China” in Sino-US Exchange program participants visited Beijing Reisen hope community.

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EOYDC: A Beacon For Oakland Youth Read more:



The president of the East Oakland Youth Development Center has devoted her life to helping the young people of her community rise and thrive. It's arduous, exhausting—and insanely rewarding.

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EOYDC Nabs $3.2 million for Expansion, Renovation Read more:

Reflections of Regina Jackson, Alum & Community Partner Read more:

EOYDC Cuts The Ribbon On A Renovated Center Read more:

Mitchell Visits EOYDC Read more:

Warriors Unveil Newly Renovated Gym AT EOYDC Read more:

02 Initiatives 2015 awardee Read more:




awards and accolades (partial list)

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

“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

2017 TedxUCDavis SF “Taking Risks to Transform”                                                                                                      

Featured Speaker – San Francisco                                                                                                                                                                                                    

2017 Silicon Valley Council of Non Profit 3rd Annual 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                                   


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”                                                                       

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                                                                      


20111 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”                                                                                     







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