Lakesha Pope Jackson
LaKesha Pope Jackson joined the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with nearly 20 years of experience working on behalf of youth and families in multiple systems of care. As the Region 6 regional administrator she is responsible for leading ACF’s strategic initiatives and priorities in the region’s five-state area including Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Before joining ACF, Jackson worked as the senior director of operations management at a large nonprofit agency with a $150 million budget headquartered in Austin, Texas. Prior to that position, she served in senior roles at Fannie Mae and the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Public Strategies, Inc. At the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Jackson introduced and implemented a homeless youth federal policy agenda with an emphasis on housing young adults and families transitioning out of the child welfare system, exiting juvenile corrections or living on the streets.
Jackson served at the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (OneStar Foundation) within the Office of the Governor George W. Bush.
She has a BS in business administration/marketing from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management.