Washington DC Metro Area -
Danielle Brown has been elected the 26th national president of Jack and Jill of
America, Inc. The announcement was made at the organization's 43rd National
Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri in July.
"I'm humbled by the great
opportunity to serve as the 26th National President of Jack and Jill of
America, Inc..," Mrs. Brown said. "Opportunities have never been
greater for children of color, yet at the same time, they continue to face
challenges that have plagued generations before them. The purpose of our
organization has always been to equip our children with the tools needed not
just to get by in America, but to succeed, to thrive, to lead and to serve in
the 21st century. I'm looking forward to continuing the great work done by my
predecessors in this regard."
Jack and Jill of America is
celebrating its 80th anniversary. It is the nation's oldest African American
family organization, founded in 1938 with the specific mission of nurturing
future African American leaders by stimulating the growth and development of
children through educational, cultural, civic, recreational, health and social
programs inspired by mothers. Through its nearly 250 chapters organized in
seven regions across the United States, the organization consists of more than
30,000 family members, which includes mother members, fathers and children ages
two through 19.
Jack and Jill of America chapters
also support non-profit organizations through its philanthropic arm, the Jack
and Jill of America Foundation which is among the first foundations established
by African-American families in the United States. Since its founding in 1968,
the foundation has granted millions of dollars to worthy causes supporting
children and families.
Mrs. Brown grew up as a child in
the organization, and - following in the footsteps of her Great Aunt, a
founding member of the organization's first chapter in Philadelphia Chapter,
her Mother, a founding member of the Loudoun County, Virginia Chapter, and her
Aunt, a past National Vice President - she joined the organization as a mother
in 1998, in the Alexandria Mount Vernon Chapter and later transferred to her
current Loudoun County Virginia Chapter.
Over the last two decades, she
has served Jack and Jill in positions of increasing responsibility, most
recently as its national vice president. A graduate of George Mason University,
Mrs. Brown brings more than 25 years of proven expertise in nonprofit
development, fundraising, public relations, event planning and executive sales.
She is active in several organizations devoted to serving the community,
including the Links Inc.
In addition to Mrs. Brown,
delegates to the Jack and Jill of America, Inc., 2018 convention chose a slate
of new officers to lead the organization, including National Vice President
Tanya Hand, of the Indianapolis, Indiana Chapter; National Program Director
Lisa Grant-Dawson of the Greater Vallejo, California Chapter; National
Recording Secretary Michelle Gentry Anderson of the Tulsa Oklahoma Chapter;
National Corresponding Secretary Consuella Guillory-Adams of the Houston, Texas
Chapter; National Treasurer Pamela D. Taylor of the Raleigh-Wake, North
Carolina Chapter; and National Editor Gina Williams-Jackson of the Memphis,
About Jack & Jill: Jack and Jill of America,
Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 - 19,
dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening
children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic
giving and civic duty.