Jeff Jackson has accepted the newly created position of executive director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Dallas County effective May 1.
As executive director, Jackson will provide leadership to the Dallas County Extension Council and staff while overseeing delivery of educational programs that align with the needs of Dallas County.
Jackson currently serves as county youth coordinator at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Polk County.
He has over 12 years’ experience in developing and coordinating educational programming and positive youth development. Jackson has had significant success in developing strong partnerships and worked with community leaders in the Des Moines metro.
Prior to that he worked for Michigan State University Extension and Outreach. Jackson is a seven year alumni of Michigan 4-H program.
“We are excited Jeff is joining us as executive director in Dallas County. As county youth coordinator in Polk County, he established partnerships and programming that benefited hundreds of Polk County youth. We look forward to his help in growing our services for Dallas County that will align with the goals and missions of ISU Extension and Outreach, “said Julie Kiley, chairperson of Dallas County Extension Council. “We congratulate and welcome Jeff to Dallas County.”
Jackson received bachelor’s degrees in psychology, religion and theology from Calvin College, an associate’s degree in Computer Aided Design from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is working towards his master’s degree from University of Michigan.
Jackson lives in Grimes with his wife Jenn, and his 7-year-old step-daughter Payton. He enjoys fishing, working on cars, playing music and kayaking.