Dr. Thelma A. Jackson


A Giant in Educational Change


Dr. Thelma A. Jackson is owner of Foresight Consultants, bringing over 35 years of consulting experience in education change initiatives, restructuring and reform, equity and diversity, policy making, school boardsmanship, cultural competency, community mobilization, strategic planning, educational auditing, school improvement, systemic change, curriculum evaluation for bias and fairness, professional development, and educational transformation. 

Dr. Jackson served on Task Forces and Advisory Councils for five Governors of the State of Washington. She has served in numerous leadership capacities over the years, such as President of the Washington State School Directors’ Association; for 20 years was a Member and five-time President of the North Thurston School Board; President of the Pacific Region of the National School Boards Association; Chair of the State Advisory Council on Vocational Education; Chairperson of the Washington State Legislative Ethics Board; Chair of the Commission on African American Affairs; and President of the Board of Trustees of The Evergreen State College. 

Dr. Jackson has participated as an education panelist, seminar leader, facilitator, workshop presenter, and keynote speaker at more than 175 education-related events during her career. 

Thelma has served on numerous Boards of community, civic, and service organizations and is the recipient of a number of recognitions and awards for educational and community service. 

She is a founding member and served on the Steering Committee of the Black Education Strategy Roundtable before serving as its Interim Project Director and now the Coordinator, Past President of the Washington Alliance of Black School Educators, and is a member of the Board of League of Education Voters. Dr. Jackson currently serves as President of the Board of SOAR Academy, one of 8 inaugural charter schools on the Hilltop of Tacoma. 

Dr. Jackson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1968 and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California in 2002. She and her husband Nat of 50 years are the proud parents of 3 children and the grandparents of 4 granddaughters. They have resided in the state of Washington for 48 years and in the Olympia area for the last 45 of those years.

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Thelma is a prolific speaker who will challenge your audience to take bold action to make an impact in the community, state and nation.

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