In 2011, Deborah C. Jackson became the President of Cambridge College, bringing to the institution decades of leadership expertise from a number of Boston’s leading institutions. She had previously served for nearly a decade as CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts. Prior to that, she was vice president of the Boston Foundation and senior vice president at Boston Children’s Hospital. She spent a decade early in her career at one of the country’s leading research and consulting firms, Abt Associates, where she served as the Deputy Director of its Healthcare and Income Security Group.
Throughout her career, Ms. Jackson has served on numerous boards and commissions including serving on the Mayor’s Task Force on Healthcare Disparities as Co‑Chair, the Group Insurance Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Board of Directors of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and the National Association of Corporate Directors. She currently serves as the Lead Director of Eastern Bank Corporation and is a board member of the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation and serves on the boards of John Hancock Investments and the Massachusetts Women’s Forum.
Ms. Jackson attended Hampton University and completed her undergraduate studies at Northeastern University. She attended graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and attended the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Institute. She is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Curry College and Merrimack Valley College.