Lolita Jackson currently serves as the Special Advisor to the Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs in the NYC Mayor’s Office. She is primary liaison to foreign and domestic governments around climate, and administers activities for New York City’s participation in global climate and resilience networks and the United Nations. Prior to her appointment to this role, she held numerous positions within the NYC Mayor’s Office. Immediately after Hurricane Sandy, she was named to the management team of the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which produced NYC’s resiliency plan A Stronger, More Resilient New York, and was named Director of External Affairs of the Housing Recovery Office. Lolita was previously Director of Special Projects for the NYC Mayor’s Office, where she was in charge of operational city agencies for the Second Avenue Subway and Barclays Center projects, and Manhattan Director of Community Affairs.
Prior to her career in government, Ms. Jackson was Vice President for Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she worked for over a decade in sales, marketing and business development and helped manage a $10 billion product line. Ms. Jackson is an alumna of the Penn School of Engineering, majoring in Applied Science with a Chemical Engineering focus. She is the President of the Penn Class of 1989 and chaired her 15th, 20th and 25th reunions, during which time the Class of 1989 won the Class Award of Merit twice. She co-founded 250-in-5, a minority scholarship initiative that raised $1 million, and has been a member of other Penn boards. Ms. Jackson is a 2007 recipient of the Penn Alumni Award of Merit. In addition to her involvements at Penn, Lolita is currently Chair of the Royal Society of Arts US, and US Advisory Board Chair of the British-American Project. She is also a Trustee of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, a Trustee Emerita of the Children’s Aid Society, and a member of the US-Japan Leadership Program Fellows Advisory Council
In her spare time, Ms. Jackson is a professional singer, having graced stages in London, Berlin, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Carnegie Hall and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.