Deborah Jackson

Deborah Jackson

Mayor, City of Lithonia, GeorgiaLithonia-1

Deborah A. Jackson was sworn in as Mayor in January 2012 and was re-elected to serve a second term in November 2015; becoming the first Mayor since 2003 to serve a second term as Mayor in Lithonia.  Mayor Jackson served as a member of the City Council and also was the City Attorney.   Mayor Jackson’s involvement with Lithonia started in 2002, when she helped the City obtain a Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission.  She was hired as the LCI Project Coordinator to represent the city during the planning process; and was instrumental in ensuring a high level of community participation.

As a Council Member, she coordinated the work of the citizen-led Lithonia Redevelopment Committee to successfully update the City’s comprehensive plan.   She was also active in the effort to stop the building of a biomass gasification plant in the area and served as an advisor to the community group, Citizens for a Healthy and Safe Environment (CHASE).  She was named in the 2014 Who’s Who in Black Atlanta Section on Environmental & Sustainability.

As the Mayor, Mayor Jackson has established partnerships with other elected officials and entities to obtain resources to support the community’s vision for redevelopment.  Mayor Jackson’s leadership as an elected official has resulted in her appointment to the Legislative Policy Council of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA); and the Community Resources Committee (CRC) (formerly the Environment and Land Use Committee) of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).  She is also a member of the ARC Subcommittee on Poverty and Equity Opportunity.  On the local level, Mayor Jackson serves as President of the DeKalb Municipal Association; and on the international level, she is on the Board of Directors for The World Conference of Mayors, an organization established in 1984.  Mayor Jackson is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb (2011) and the ARC’s Regional Leadership Institute (2013).

In addition to being an elected official, Mayor Jackson has over 30 years of experience as an attorney.  Her areas of practice include contracts, business, municipal, and community development law.   She has practiced law in Georgia, New York, New Jersey, and Mississippi.  Her current community activities include the DeKalb Lawyers Association Community and Education Fund, DeKalb Lawyers Association, and the CrossRoadsNews Foundation.  Mayor Jackson is also a member of the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance Board that has oversight responsibility for the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area.

Mayor Jackson’s educational accomplishments include a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Policy and Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University; a J.D. from Rutgers The State University of New Jersey-School of Law; a M.A. in Political Science from Rutgers The State University of New Jersey-Graduate School; and A.B. in History from Princeton University.

Mayor Jackson’s vision is to work with communities to help them become vibrant and economically sustainable so the residents are healthy, culturally enriched, and able to enjoy a high quality of life regardless of their socio-economic status.