A key confidant of Sen. Maddy, Don Jackson was instrumental in helping establish The Kenneth L. Maddy Institute. From 2000 to 2010, he served as the Chair of the Maddy Institute Board of Directors. He continues to serve the Maddy Institute as its Chief Financial Officer. The Don Jackson Public Finance Intern Scholarship, which is offered annually by the Maddy Institute to an accounting, finance or economics major, provides the recipient the opportunity to work at the California State Auditor’s Office in Sacramento.
During his tenure as Chair, Mr. Jackson was responsible for helping establish many of the key programs and activities of the Institute, including:
- The Maddy Legislative Intern Program for federal and state legislative offices
- The Maddy Associates Program, a public affairs seminar series
- The Maddy Report, a weekly public affairs tv program
- The Maddy Daily news aggregator, a daily news aggregator covering politics and public policy issues throughout the San Joaquin Valley
In addition, he was instrumental in creating scholarships for 150 federal and state legislative interns and raising over $1 million in grants, events, and programs for the Institute.
Aside from leading the Maddy Institute, Mr. Jackson has a long history of community service, including his work as the co-founder of the Central California Women’s Conference and a leader in building Fresno’s premier amphitheater, the Rotary Amphitheater, at Woodward Park.
Mr. Jackson, a tax attorney, is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Stanford Law School.