Phillis Wheatley Association selects Jackson as executive director

The board of directors of the Phillis Wheatley Association (PWA) has selected Randy Jackson as the organization’s new executive director. Jackson will assume strategic and operational responsibility for PWA’s staff, programs, and mission execution. He will develop positive relationships internally and externally, create and execute a strategic plan, oversee development activities, supervise staff and operations, and manage finances.

A Greenville native, Jackson has since 2002 been a principal at First Merchant Services, a credit and debit card payment processing company. He also serves as pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Abbeville, SC. He previously owned a successful construction and trucking company. Jackson brings extensive experience in human resources, marketing, management, counseling, and training/development to his leadership role at the Phillis Wheatley Association.

Educated in Greenville County Schools, Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration management at the University of South Carolina. He has been an active member of the community serving on the boards of the Kroc Center, Urban League of the Upstate, and Greenville Housing Futures. He was appointed to the city of Greenville’s Storm Water Advisory Board and Community Advisory Committee and has served on the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Development Committee, as president/executive director of the Gower Neighborhood Association, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Greenville. In 2018, he received the Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands Individual/Family Philanthropist of the Year award.

The Phillis Wheatley Association recently celebrated 100 years in Greenville as a non-profit, community service organization committed to empowering individuals and families by providing educational, cultural, recreational, social, and health-related programs that promote self-sufficiency and enhance quality of life.