Meet Nikki Jackson, Our Development Coordinator
Hi! I’m Nikki Jackson, a proud Memphian and the new Development Coordinator at City Leadership. I help busy professionals impact educational outcomes and support after school programs for young Memphians.
I’m a graduate of Whitehaven High School (Go Tigers!) and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I interned at Tennessee Valley Authority in Public Relations. I also took summer courses at the University of Memphis (yep, Go Tigers again) while interning in Marketing at Smith and Nephew, Inc.
TVA in Chattanooga offered, but I happily accepted a Marketing position at Smith and Nephew and began my professional career in Memphis (whoo hoo). Even though I liked the job, I found myself wanting to help young Memphians determine their own professional career path. So, I left corporate and served as a Director of Student Programs in South Memphis, Orange Mound, Whitehaven, and Hickory Hill.
I also left Memphis for a while to work for Young Life in San Francisco, and spent summers training Student Directors and volunteers in Chicago, St. Louis, and Nashville. While I enjoyed living in all theses great places….I ACTUALLY MISSED MEMPHIS!
I returned with a passion to be a part of projects that make Memphis better. Christ United Methodist members were moving from Cordova and Germantown into Binghampton, launching programs like Service Over Self and ESL tutoring and mentoring for African refugee students. I was hired to launch a program for students at East High School. I loved being a part of this radical commitment to enhance Memphis through education and community revitalization.
Sometimes life comes full circle. I know how it feels to be a working professional, climbing the corporate ladder, but wanting to do something to make a positive impact in the city you live in and love. I now help working professionals make an impact in Memphis by giving young Memphians the tools necessary to eventually become working professionals.
When I’m not working, you can find me chasing local food trucks (what up Stanley’s Sweet Street Treats and El Mero), blogging at local coffee shops (hey City & State, Edge Alley and French Truck), shooting my shot (photography), or roaming around downtown Memphis enjoying the sights and sounds.