Michelle Jackson has been with the Human Services Council since 2008, and currently serves as the organization’s Acting Executive Director. HSC advocates for the nonprofit human services organizations that provide critical services such as programs for seniors, youth, and the homeless and disabled. Ms. Jackson coordinates HSC’s government relations strategy and has led revolutionary policy changes to improve the nonprofit sector’s ability to maximize social impact in communities, most notably in securing over $100 million in cost-of-living adjustments for NYC human services workers and $120 million in nonprofit infrastructure investments. She represents HSC at public hearings and relevant government taskforces on these issues. She is also responsible for operations, including human resources, and oversees development.
During her tenure with HSC, Jackson has been at the forefront of efforts to streamline the relationship between nonprofits and government, culminating in the launch of both City and State procurement systems that include a standard contract for human services and a simplified online procurement system, HHS Accelerator and New York Grants Reform, respectively. In addition to her expertise in government contracting, she leads public campaigns to raise the visibility of the sector across the State and advocates for changes to City and State regulations that adversely impact the nonprofit sector.
Jackson has penned numerous op eds highlighting the human services workforce and has been recognized as a 2017 Albany Rising Star by City & State and as a 40 Under 40 New York Nonprofit Media Nonprofit Rising Star in 2015.
Prior to joining HSC, Jackson graduated from Suffolk University Law School in Boston in 2007, earning a Juris Doctor with a concentration in International Law. While in law school, she interned for the International Consortium for Law and Development, researching and drafting legislation for developing countries, including the 2005 Iraq Constitution, and volunteered for Shelter Legal Services where she provided free legal aid to indigent women at Rosie’s Place. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Politics at Saint Mary’s College of California in 2004.