Andrea Jackson, Executive Director

Andrea R. Jackson joined the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) as Executive Director in Fall 2017. Jackson comes to the BMRC with 15 years of experience as a professional archivist – primarily acquiring, preserving, and making accessible the historical legacy and records of African Americans. She has found success in cultivating relationships across various constituencies, creating innovative programming, grant writing and implementation, and mentorship. Jackson oversees BMRC’s administration, implementation of programs, fundraising, and community outreach, and executes the strategic plan. She most recently served as Head of the Archives Research Center at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, and earlier in her career as the Project Archivist at Fisk University’s Franklin Library.

An alumna of Spelman College (BA, History) and New York University (MA, United States History & Certification, Archival Management), Jackson was selected for participation in the 2017 Harvard Graduate School of Education Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians and the 2011 Archives Leadership Institute.  She was also named a 2017 Digital Library Federation – HBCU Library Alliance Fellow.  Jackson is the co-author of the 2016 article, “Funding the Future of African American Religion Archival Collections at the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library” in the Journal of Theological Librarianship, and she holds membership within the Society of American Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, Chicago Area Archivists, and Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Jackson enjoys sharing her passion for public history and serves as a member of the International Archives Committee for her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., as well as on Advisory Boards for Project STAND and the Arc of Justice Project.

Learn more about our Executive Director on Society of American Archivists’ Archivists and Archives of Color blog, “Archiving in Color.” 

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