Samuel Jackson

Samuel Jackson

Samuel Jackson is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the Economic Empowerment Initiative, Inc (EEI). Founded by Mr. Jackson in 2001, EEI is a not-for profit foundation created to provide financial literacy training, leadership development skills, and business development opportunities to youth and young adults in underserved communities. The EEI mission is to equip youth and young adults with the tools and resources needed to achieve financial independence, allowing them to responsibly manage their resources and build entrepreneurial success, while pursuing their passion and maximizing their contribution to society.

EEI has been able to touch thousands of lives all over the globe from Atlanta, GA to Johannesburg, South Africa and is one of the world’s premier financial literacy organizations that help youth, adults, and families better manage their financial resources through innovative financial seminars that utilize an interactive peer-led ‘train the trainer’ approach. The free seminar topics EEI provides for youth, adults, and families include: 1) Budgeting, 2) Credit Cards & Debt, 3) Savings and Investing, 4) Understanding Student Loans, 5) Understanding Insurance, 6) How to Buy A Car, 7) Homeownership, 8) Understanding Taxes, 9) Entrepreneurship 101, 10) Philanthropy, and 11) Understanding Employee Benefits. For more information go to www.eei-inc.org

Mr. Jackson is a native of Timmonsville, South Carolina. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics. In 2010, Mr. Jackson was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. The Council provides advice to the President on promoting and enhancing financial literacy and capability among the American people. This effort is important to help keep America competitive and assist the American people in understanding and addressing financial matters, which contributes to our global financial stability. In 2006, Mr. Jackson was honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award by Emory’s Goizueta Business School and Rollins School of Public Health for excellence in community innovation and change. In 2008, Mr. Jackson received the Power 30 Under 30™ Award presented by the Apex Society for professional and community excellence. In 2010, Mr. Jackson was recognized as a part of the inaugural class of 100 Community Builders in the We Are Emory Initiative.

Mr. Jackson is a member of the Emory University Senior Honor Society Executive Board, VOICE CDC Executive Board and Trustee Ministry at Victory Church, and serves on several Advisory Boards and Councils for non-profit agencies across the country. Mr. Jackson is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern Regional Council, the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR)-Atlanta Chapter, the Georgia Council on Economic Education (GCEE), the Ryan Cameron Foundation, and the Terrance Mathis Foundation. In his spare time, Mr. Jackson enjoys golf, cooking, chess, bowling, as well as classical music, and frequently participates in charity events. Mr. Jackson is happily married to Louisa and has one daughter, Kiara. For more information go to www.samueltjackson.com