Alexine Clement Jackson chairs the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® board of directors as it governs the world’s largest breast cancer organization in fulfilling its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever.
A 23-year breast cancer survivor, Jackson has been a long-time advocate and public spokesperson for cancer prevention, early detection and quality health care for all.
In addition to her work with Komen for the Cure, she is also a current board member and past chair of the Intercultural Cancer Council, an organization which addresses the unequal burden of cancer in racial, ethnic and other medically underserved populations. She is also a board member emerita of Prevent Cancer Foundation (formerly Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation).
Jackson also serves on the board of Strathmore Hall Music Center. She is the immediate past president of Black Women’s Agenda. She recently retired from of the board of The National Museum of Women in the Arts after 12 years of service and is a recent past chair of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Jackson served a five-year term as National Board President of the YWCA of the USA. With the YWCA, Jackson was a member of the United States delegation to YWCA World Council meetings in Seoul, Korea and Cairo, Egypt and joined a 10-member World YWCA delegation for a fact-finding mission in the Middle East.
Among the several special honors bestowed on Jackson are an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters from Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. (April, 1998); 2006 Spirit of Civic Giving Award by The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region; 2005 Dorothy I. Height Leadership Service Award at the Martin Luther King International Breakfast; 2004 Community Service award (with husband) by the Interfaith Conference of Metro Washington; 2001 Community Service award by The Black Women's Agenda.
Jackson is a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College, and has a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa. She is married to Aaron G. Jackson, M.D., a practicing urologist who recently retired as Chief of the Division of Urology at Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C. They have five adult children (one son now deceased) and 11 grandchildren.