It is not hard to fathom why Amy knows Alexandria, and why Alexandria knows Councilwoman Amy Jackson. Raised on the West End, an only child by a divorced, single mother who worked full-time, overtime, and time and a half to make ends meet, Amy learned firsthand how to work hard to create success by her mother's example. While growing up in Alexandria, Amy was very involved in her community, serving in various clubs and participating in frequent civic events - all for worthy causes - to better a life and brighten a day.
Amy attended Patrick Henry Elementary, F.C. Hammond Jr High, and is a proud Hometown Titan. Amy went on to complete her B.A. in Communication Studies at Virginia Tech, where she also continued her Kiwanis membership in Circle K (an expected track from Builder's Club and Keyettes/Key Club). She then continued her education in night school at George Mason University where she received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Education in Social Studies), and then her second M.Ed. in Education Leadership (School Administration, PreK-12), all while working with her students during the day, and coaching and sponsoring clubs in the afternoons before her own classes. Amy's career with Fairfax County Public Schools spanned 16 years. Although she misses the classroom and the kids, she is happy to be spending more time with her family, and contributing more to her Alexandria community.
Amy, a life-long community activist and educator, has been and remains actively involved in many Alexandria commissions, programs, and non-profits that contribute to the safety, well-being, and education of women, children, and families in Alexandria. These include:
The Alexandria Commission for Women, Commissioner
The Fund for Alexandria's Child, Chair of the Advisory Council
Alexandria Human Trafficking Initiative, Chair
The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, Committee Member
Senior Services of Alexandria, Board Member
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (Mortar & Pestle Society), Board Member
The John Alexander Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Chapter Member
Alexandria Democratic Committee, Deputy Precinct Captain
Alexandria Human Rights Commission, Community Activist
Alexandria Landlord and Tenant Relations Board, Former Commissioner
Amy also completed programs within the City Academy:
The Alexandria Police Foundation's 38th Citizens' Police Academy
The Alexandria Commonwealth Attorney's Inaugural Community Academy
Amy firmly believes that being of service to our community is one of our wisest investments in our children's future.
When it came time for Amy to start her own family, she could not think of another place she'd rather be than Alexandria. Her crew always looks forward to exploring the Old Town waterfront, gazing at the different lights along King Street and on the Masonic Temple, and frequenting many of the West End, Carlyle, Del Ray and Old Town restaurants.
Amy has been involved in this very special Alexandria community for many years, working tirelessly to make it a better place to live and work. With her vast experience and knowledge of the workings of Alexandria, Amy is looking forward to carrying on the work of "investing in the present to capitalize on our future" when re-elected as one of your Alexandria City Council members.
The stakes are high. Alexandria is in need of a lot of improvements across the board.
We can do better, and, as a community, together we can succeed.