Chuck Jackson

Interim Executive Director

William “Chuck” Jackson split time growing up between rural middle Georgia and Detroit, Michigan where his grandparent lived.  In late 1978, Chuck and his family moved to Detroit permanently.

Chuck graduated from Detroit’s Cass Technical High School in 1982 and earned a BA in Sociology from Western Michigan University in 1988 after changing his major from mechanical engineering.  He completed a Master’s Degree in Sociology at Wayne State University in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Wayne State University in 2014.   Chuck taught introductory sociology class at Washtenaw Community College from 2008 to 2010 prior to returning to complete doctoral studies.

Chuck had been employed at Starr Commonwealth since 1988 prior to starting at the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.  Chuck’s last role at Starr Commonwealth Chuck was Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer.  During his 27 year tenure at Starr Commonwealth he has served in many direct service and leadership roles including Counselor, Senior Counselor and Program Supervisor and Program Director and Senior Vice-President of Community Based Programming.

Chuck’s current professional duties and academic pursuits restrict time for volunteer and other community activities currently.  However, in the past he was a certified facilitator for the National Institute for the Healing of Racism and in this capacity conducted seminars designed to impact the disease of racism. He has also volunteered as a mentor to 4th, 5th and 8th grade boys in Detroit public schools for Manhood, Inc. for which he was formerly a board member.  He is also an active participant in the Birmingham Bloomfield Task Force on Racial Diversity (BBTF) where he assisted in designing and planning discussion groups between suburban and city residents.  He served as co-chairman of the 2003 BBTF Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.  He is a former member of the High Risk Youth Collaboration Group, a group of Detroit agencies working to provide a variety of services to at risk youth.  He served as Board Member for Ways to Work – Michigan, Inc. a micro loan program serving primarily Detroit residents unable to obtain a conventional loan for items such as automobiles or computers.  A graduate of Leadership Detroit’s 28th class, Chuck is the author Functional Independence for 19-20 Year Olds Exiting the Michigan Juvenile Justice System is a Myth published in Minority Voices: An Official Publication of the University of Louisville’s Office of Minority Affairs 2001-2002; The Socialization of Youth in the 21st Century – Reclaiming Children and Youth, Fall 2014; The Circle of Courage: Critical Outcomes of Successful Life (co-author) – Reclaiming Children and Youth, Spring 2014