For more than 30 years, Sandi Jackson has enjoyed a wide-ranging and successful political career, most notably serving as Alderman of the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. Prior to holding elected office, she was Deputy Political Director of Training for the Democratic National Committee and is a veteran of five presidential campaigns.
Jackson served as a presidential appointee in the Clinton Administration as Vice President of Congressional and External Affairs for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im), heading the office responsible for communications to members of Congress, representatives of business and public policy organizations, national and international government agencies, the export community and labor. She also served on the Bank’s policy committee.
Before joining Ex-Im, Jackson was the Senior Advisor for Public Diplomacy Programs at the United States Information Agency (USIA) in the Agency’s Bureau of Information. Prior to this appointment, she worked as the Director of VIP Relations for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, supervising the administrative and managerial support to the Committee Vice-Chairs, the Joint Chiefs of Staffs, U.S. Military leaders and coordinating plans for special projects with the White House Military Liaison Office. She also served as the National Outreach Coordinator for the Clinton/Gore ‘96 Campaign.
Pre-dating her foray into politics, Jackson had a career in journalism beginning as a general assignment reporter in Toledo, Ohio. Later, she moved to D.C. to join Washington Independent News as an assignment editor. A former press secretary for both the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the late Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX), Jackson worked in the presidential campaign of Gov. Michael Dukakis as a regional press secretary for the State of Texas.
Jackson received her Bachelor’s Degree from Bowling Green State University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois School of Law.