About the NEA

Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD

Los Angeles, CA

Maria Rosario Jackson is an expert in the fields of urban planning, comprehensive community revitalization and arts and culture. Jackson is senior advisor to the arts and culture program at the Kresge Foundation. She is on the advisory board of the Lambent Foundation and on the boards of directors of the National Performance Network and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. Jackson teaches in the arts management program, Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. She was previously on the boards of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Cultural Alliance for Greater Washington, and the Fund for Folk Culture. Jackson was director of the Culture, Creativity and Communities Program at the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based national public policy research organization, where she was based for 18 years. There, she led research on measuring cultural vitality and the role of arts and culture in community revitalization, the development of art spaces, and also research on support systems for artists. Additionally, she participated in projects concerned with public housing, public education, public safety, and parks. Jackson earned a PhD in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a master of public administration degree from the University of Southern California.