Donna M. Jackson has been a Certified Life Coach since the summer of 2014. She received her training and certification from the Life Coach Institute of Orange County, CA. This certification was the logical career progression for a woman who has spent her life as a public servant.
In addition to being a Life Coach, Ms. Jacksonhas also been a health care social worker in the city of Chicago since early 2014. Before that, she served as a case manager/life coach at a shelter for women and children. In this role she primarily provided outside resources for homeless and low income residents, and matched them to job readiness programs. Other duties included assessing the residents for mental health and related services, offering individual coaching and providing crisis intervention services as needed. From 2008 to 2014 she represented the shelter publicly, speaking at community events about the history and needs of the shelter, conducting workshops and maintaining relationships with partner organizations.
From 1999 to 2005, she served as a pediatric AIDS educator, an employment specialist, mental health consultant, and Certified Licensed foster care Case Manager.From 2005 to 2007 she was an Assistant Team Leader specializing in Psychiatric Rehabilitative Services. Before landing her current position, she served as a therapist at a therapeutic and diagnostic treatment center.
Ms. Jackson, a Chicago native, was educated at Chicago Vocational High School, Chicago State University and Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. At Chicago State she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Psychology (1998). At Spertus she earned a Master of Science degree, magna cum laude, in Nonprofit Management, (2012). Her other trainings and certifications include HIV/AIDS Instructor and Domestic Violence Advocacy.
This committed professional is also a mother of rising poet, Elle Monee’ Brown. At home she enjoys music, novels, documentaries and her beloved Chippy, a Shih Tzu/Maltese mixed puppy.
Currently, she is the youth choir director for a church on the near south side of Chicago and was previously the youth choir director at a different church, a position she held for 15 years. In her work and in her life, Donna M. Jackson honors the Golden Rule to treat others as you would like to be treated. She feels privileged and blessed to work with others who are equally committed.