Ronda Jackson joined Living Cities as the Assistant Director of Public Sector Innovation in August 2012. She managed our Project on Municipal Innovation and our Race, Equity, and Inclusion work. Prior to joining Living Cities, Ronda was the Project Manager for the Sacramento Safe Community Partnership Ceasefire Initiative to reduce street gang and gun violence. Prior to working for Sacramento Ceasefire, Ronda was the Senior Program Associate for the Public Health Institute’s Safe Community Partnership where she provided technical assistance support to eight California cities implementing the Ceasefire model.
In addition to the violence prevention work, Ronda managed the cutting edge “Smart on Crime” Back on Track initiative created by San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris that provides education and employment services to first-time non-violent drug offenders. She also served as a Program Associate at the UC Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice focusing on juvenile justice and recidivism. Ronda began her career in politics working in the Clinton Administration as a Public Affairs Officer at the US Department of Transportation and as a Special Assistant to the Cabinet Secretary at the White House. She also worked in the corporate world as a Communications Manager at Mobil Oil Corporation and as a Vice President of Corporate Giving at the Fleet Bank Foundation. She holds MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism from Howard University.