Ira A. Jackson

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Senior Vice President for Communications and External Relations
AB, Harvard College
MPA, Harvard University

Ira A. Jackson is senior vice president for communications and external relations. He provides leadership for Brandeis' relations with the community, government, businesses and other institutions locally, nationally and globally and assists the president and others in advancing and communicating Brandeis' intellectual and institutional contributions.

Jackson has held senior positions in government, business and academia. In government, he served as chief of staff to former Boston Mayor Kevin White and later as Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue under Gov. Michael Dukakis. In academia, he served as senior associate dean of Harvard's Kennedy School and director of its Center for Business and Government. He also served as president of the Arizona State University Foundation, dean of the Peter Drucker School of Management at the Claremont Colleges, and dean of the John W. McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies and vice provost of the University of Massachusetts Boston.

In business, for a dozen years Jackson was executive vice president of BankBoston. He has also played leadership roles in a number of civic initiatives, including CityYear, the Boston Foundation, the New England Holocaust Memorial and Facing History and Ourselves.

A graduate of Harvard College, he received his MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.