Founder of Black Philanthropy Month, Jackie is an activist-scholar, who has worked for over thirty years in the global anti-poverty and social justice movements.
Trained as an anthropologist and urban designer, Dr. Copeland-Carson has worked as a social sector executive, consultant, evaluator and researcher in the US, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Brazil.
A futurist, blogger and frequently sought after keynote speaker and published author on a wide range of business and social sector issues, her work has been recognized with leadership awards from the Bush Foundation, US Department of HUD, American Evaluation Association.
A passionate volunteer, she has served on the boards of many organizations, including Women Strong International and founded the Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet), a virtual community to encourage giving for development and human rights.
Jackie holds two masters degrees, one in urban planning and the other in cultural anthropology, with a Ph.D. in anthropology all from the University of Pennsylvania. Specializing in the US, Africa and South Asia, her undergraduate degrees are from Georgetown University in literature and African studies. She also studied African history, culture, languages and religion at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.