Jackson has a background in urban planning, historic preservation, and urban history. His research focuses on intangible heritage, difficult history, and social justice. He earned his Bachelor of Arts with majors in History and German Studies from the University of Florida in 2014 and completed a dual master’s degree program at the University of Southern California in planning and historic preservation in January of 2020. His masters’ thesis discussed the shortcomings of preservation in handling Los Angeles’ history of racial violence.
Jackson has worked as a staffer in the City of West Hollywood’s Current Planning Division, an architectural historian at ICF, and an historic preservation specialist at Joshua Tree National Park. He currently works for the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing as their Policy Coordinator. Jackson also served as a scholar-in-residence at the Gamble House in Pasadena, a National Historic Landmark, between 2019 and 2021.