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Ira Jackson

committee chair, The Boston Foundation Board

Ira A. Jackson is the Henry Y. Hwang Dean of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, where he is also a professor of management. Jackson has served as Executive Vice President of BankBoston for a dozen years. During his tenure at BankBoston, the company consistently received Outstanding Community Reinvestment Act ratings from federal regulators for leadership in strengthening inner-city communities. This leadership was recognized by the Conference Board with the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Citizenship at a ceremony at the White House. Jackson's role in helping to support and expand CityYear earned him their Big Citizen Award. For his work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, the Kennedy School presented Jackson with its Outstanding Alumni Award in its second year. Jackson returned to Harvard as the Director of its Center for Business and Government at the Kennedy School and later became the first president of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in Atlanta. Jackson received an A.B. from Harvard College and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government, and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.