Trailblazers 2023 Honoree:
Dr. Crystal Jackson has devoted her life to serving her country (US Navy) and community. She served in the US Navy in 1989 and later worked in the Department Defense until retiring in 2005. Dr. Jackson holds a master’s degree in Christian Counseling and an Ed.D. in Divinity.
Dr. Jackson is a well known advocate and philanthropist in the African-American community. She is the president of the Kings and Tulare County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) where she has volunteered many hours of service. She is also a lifetime member of the American Legion, the Aviation Ordnance Association (AOA), Black Women for Organized Political Action (BWOPA) and FOA; a board trustee for West Hills Community College; an education committee member of the NAACP and the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC.)
She is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the nonprofit “A Chance For You Too”, an organization that advocates for youth transitioning out of the foster care program by teaching them life skills to thrive and live independently. In addition to her already outstanding record of community service and advocacy, she serves as an academic advisor and professor at the Summit Bible Satellite in Visalia, CA, and a motivational speaker. Dr. Crystal Jackson is married to her devoted husband, Rodney, and has a blended family with three daughters and a son.