Maria Rosario Jackson
Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson is an expert in the fields of urban planning, comprehensive community revitalization and arts and culture. Her work appears in a wide range of professional and academic publications. She has been a speaker at national and international conferences focusing on quality of life, changing demographics, race/ethnicity and gender, urban inequality, communities and cities of the future, and arts and society.
Dr. Jackson is Senior Advisor to the Arts and Culture program at the Kresge Foundation. She is on the advisory board of the Lambent Foundation and has served on the boards of directors of several national, state and local organizations including Association of Performing Arts Presenters, National Performance Network, Alliance for California Traditional Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. She has also served on numerous research and project advisory boards dealing with topics such as museums in communities, arts in strategies to improve health outcomes, cultural participation and arts impacts.
Previously, Dr. Jackson was director of the Culture, Creativity and Communities Program at the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C. based public policy research organization, where she was based for 18 years. There, she led research on cultural vitality and the role of arts and culture in community revitalization and also research on support systems for artists. Additionally, she participated in projects concerned with public housing, public education, public safety and parks.
In 2013, with the confirmation of the U.S. Senate, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Jackson to the National Council on the Arts.