Greg Jackson is a community organizer, communications specialist, campaign strategist and experienced issue advocate in Washington, D.C.
Greg currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement. In this capacity, Greg oversees community events, outreach activities, policy development, violence reducing programs and direct engagement of residents most at risk to gun violence in Washington, D.C.
Prior this role, Greg served as the Director of Communications for the DC Department of Parks & Recreation, where he led the Mayor’s #FITDC initiative to ignite a movement of fitness and wellness across the District. In this role, he organized thousands of residents to participate in 5K runs, fitness classes, social sports and other recreational activities.
For the last four years, Greg’s professional efforts have focused on achieving a safer, stronger Washington D.C. community in multiple capacities after surviving an act of gun violence in 2013. Upon his recovery, Greg became an avid mentor to local at risk youth and has built multiple youth engagement movements like #WeReadDC that has empowered hundreds of volunteers to help youth improve academically through monthly reading events. His outstanding local volunteer work and extensive background in campaign organizing led him to becoming the youngest appointee of Mayor Muriel Bowser in 2015 as her Director of Community Relations and Services. In this role he led a team he built an office that in its first year successfully engaged over 70,000 residents, resolved over 5,000 constituent concerns and continues to have a meaningful impact on improving government services.
Before his local organizing work, Greg began working in the political arena as a community organizer and then campaign operative for President Barack Obama through various roles, including the Co-Chair of DC for Obama, the Field Director of Obama’s North Carolina re-election efforts, his Gun Violence Issue Coordinator at Organizing for Action and lastly as the National Field Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
When he’s not knocking doors to engage neighbors or organizing large events, Greg enjoys long distance running and has completed five half marathons since his recovery from gun violence in 2013. Outside of his day job, Greg co-founded a young professional network and event planning company called “The Wave” that has built a network of over 34,000 urban professionals that come together for social events, community service and cultural activities in 26 different cities. Greg is currently proud to turn his trauma into triumph through his engagement work at the Office of Neighborhood Safety Engagement, empowering at risk youth with the #WeRead initiative, building an uplifting young professional community through “The Wave” and contributing every day to make our communities safer and stronger.
Featured Winner Interview:
AAPC: What does being a 2019 AAPC 40 Under 40 Award winner mean to you?
Gregory: As someone who has worked ten years serving on campaigns and public service, it was a great honor to be acknowledged by AAPC 40 Under 40. As someone who hasn’t quite ventured into political consulting and always served on a campaign or political staff, it was an honor to see that my contributions to building impactful field operations and integrating voter registration as a permanent tactic in smaller scale elections appreciated.
AAPC: Tell us about something you’re most proud of accomplishing in your professional career.
Gregory: My proudest moment of my career was leading the field team in North Carolina for the 2012 re-election campaign where we led the country in voters registered per staffer for a battleground state. This was incredibly empowering because over 200,000 of these registrants were first time voters and it was inspiring to welcome so many new voters into the political process.
AAPC: To what do you credit your success at such a young age?
Gregory: I credit my success to a strong work ethic and passion to empower others, both of which I learned as a young man working on a farm in rural Virginia. It was on the farm that I learned how much can be done with a vision and a lot of effort.
AAPC: What’s the most positive development in political campaigns since you started your career?
Gregory: I think the most positive development has been the cross use of census data and voter turnout data to find individuals who aren’t a part of the political process and are likely targets to be registered to vote. I strongly believe that with every new voter we activate, our democracy becomes stronger and our future brighter.