Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Alphonso Jackson is Vice-Chairman of Mortgage Banking with JPMorgan Chase in New York City. The Mortgage Banking division originates home loans through more than 5,200 branches, call centers, and retail correspondent lenders in all 50 states. Chase also services residential mortgage loans and provides affordable housing solutions to customers struggling with their mortgage payments.
Prior to joining JP Morgan Chase, Secretary Alphonso Jackson served as the Director of the Center for Public Policy and Leadership and as the Distinguished University Professor at Hampton University.
From 2004-2008, Secretary Alphonso Jackson guided the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in its mission of providing affordable housing and promoting economic development, an assignment to which he brought more than 25 years of direct experience in both the private and public sectors.
In nominating Jackson, President George W. Bush chose a leader with a strong background in housing and community development, expertise in finance and management, and a deep commitment to improving the lives of all Americans.
Alphonso Jackson first joined the Bush Administration in June of 2001 as HUD's Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. As Deputy Secretary, Jackson managed the day-to-day operations of the $32 billion agency and instilled a new commitment to ethics and accountability within HUD's programs and among its workforce and grant partners.
The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Jackson as the nation's 13th Secretary of HUD on March 31, 2004.
Immediately preceding his appointment at HUD, Jackson served as President of American Electric Power-TEXAS, a $13 billion utility company located in Austin, Texas. From 1989-1996, Jackson was President and CEO of the Housing Authority of Dallas, Texas. Prior to that, Jackson was director of the Department of Public and Assisted Housing in Washington, D.C., and also served as chairperson for the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency Board.
Secretary Jackson holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in education administration from Truman State University. He received his law degree from Washington University School of Law.
An expert on public housing and urban issues, Jackson has been asked to serve on a number of national and state commissions, most notably the General Services Commission of the State of Texas, where he served as Chairman; the National Commission on America's Urban Families, and the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing. Secretary Jackson has also lent his expertise to numerous nonprofit and corporate boards.
Secretary Jackson and his wife Marcia are the parents of two adult daughters.