Dr Maria Rosario Jackson

For more than 25 years, Dr Maria Rosario Jackson’s work has focused on understanding and elevating arts, culture, and design as critical elements of healthy communities. Her work blends social science and arts- and humanities-based approaches to comprehensive community revitalisation, systems change, the dynamics of race and ethnicity, and the roles of arts and culture in communities. After confirmation by the U.S. Senate in December 2021, Dr Jackson became the 13th chair of the National Endowment for the Arts in January 2022. With this historic appointment, Dr Jackson is the nation’s first NEA chair to be an African American and Mexican American woman. Dr Jackson has a long career in strategic planning, policy research and evaluation with philanthropy, government, and non-profit organisations. She has served as an advisor on philanthropic programs and investments at national, regional, and local foundations.