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  • M10 11/13/2018
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  • M12 1/10/2019
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  • F1 1/18/2019
  • F2 2/1/2019
  • F3 2/15/2019
  • F4 2/22/2019
  • F5 3/1/2019
  • F6 3/8/2019
  • F7 3/15/2019

Contact Information

5089 Andrew Robinson Dr.
Jacksonville, FL - 32209
Candidate's Statement

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Candidate's Statement           

        Brenda Priestly Jackson is currently the executive director of Dynamic Education Foundation, Inc. (DEF), an education foundation that assists high school athletes with NCAA eligibility, high school graduation and college and university enrollment and completion. Founded in 2014, DEF focuses primarily on student athletes’ college readiness, as measured by maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in core courses, ACT and SAT preparation, student-centered advising on colleges and universities, and additional supports to ensure timely and successful graduation of high school. Previously, Brenda served as a special advisor and in-house counsel to the president of Edward Waters College, a private HBCU in Jacksonville, Florida and as the regional director and attorney with AFSCME Council 79. A person who has dedicated her life to initiatives that support equity, adequacy and inclusion, Brenda is encouraged about the possibilities that exist for the Jacksonville community, as it works to transform Jacksonville into a city that gives voice to and supports all of its citizens. She is particularly focused on creating and supporting educational opportunities for students who are pushed to the margins and miseducated in our kindergarten through twelfth grade schools. To that end she has written a culturally relevant fantasy novel, The Counsel: MK’s First Commission, to engage and inspire reluctant readers and she is currently writing a book about navigating K-12 education and successful college enrollment and completion that is based on her husband and sons’ experiences in school, college and sports.

            Brenda is a fourth generation Jacksonville, Florida neighbor. Brenda is extremely grateful to call Jacksonville home and a dynamic place for her family to thrive educationally and economically.

            Brenda graduated high school in Jacksonville from Jean Ribault H.S. and earned her B. A. degree from Grambling State University in 1989. While at Grambling, Brenda served as the S.G.A. President (1988-1989), president of the Panhellenic Council, a remedial tutor and lifeguard. Brenda earned her J.D. from the University of Florida-College of Law (July 1995) and has been a member in good standing with the Florida Bar for more than 23 years.

            Brenda served as a high school teacher in Jacksonville and a G.E.D. instructor at a correctional facility in New Jersey for Middlesex Community College.

            Brenda was initially elected to the Duval County School Board in Jacksonville, Florida in 2002 and served until November 2010. During that time she served as chairperson of the school board from November 2005 through November 2006 and again from November 2009 through November 2010.  Brenda highlights the collaborative spirit she shared with the other school board members, superintendent and district administration, focus on reading, teachers’ compensation, parental engagement and expansion of high quality academic programs and choice options as her greatest achievements as a school board member. As an attorney, Brenda specializes in family law, constitutional law and civil rights, education, and serves as a legal consultant to school districts, foundations, colleges and universities. She was a member of the National Black Child Development Institute and the Institute for the Study of the African American Child (ISAAC). She is currently a member of the Florida Bar, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the D. W. Perkins Bar Association and Historic Mt. Zion AMEC.

            Brenda is married to DeAndre’ Jackson, her college sweetheart, a teacher and adjunct faculty member, and they are the grateful parents of four, Imani, Malik, Kalif and Kya. Imani, Malik and Kalif graduated from Duval County Public Schools and earned their undergraduate degrees from Grambling State University, Princeton University and the University of Florida. Kya is a rising senior and she will graduate from high school, Atlantic Coast H.S., in May 2019.     

            Brenda believes that because of the abundance of grace and mercy that she, her family and friends experience daily and her ability to live a life of fulfillment and purpose, service to others adheres to Christian teachings and a life well lived. Brenda is humbled and encouraged by the opportunity to continue to serve her neighbors and city as an elected member for District 10 on the Jacksonville City Council.


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