After former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson lost his bid to unseat Mayor Marty Walsh in last year’s November election, it wasn’t clear what would be his next move.
Since the election, he’s taken time off to be with family and travel. He recently returned from a trip to Cape Town, South Africa, where he was a panelist on education and activism and met Nobel Peace Prize Awardee and activist Desmond Tutu, one of his heroes.
Jackson, a former Boston city councilor, has been named the first-ever Social and Family Justice Fellow by Parenting Journey. The 35-year-old organization says it created the fellowship to “focus on public policy and civic engagement, building partnerships and developing a robust agenda to help lift families out of poverty.”
The group got nearly $1.9 million in donations in fiscal 2015, according to the nonprofit’s 2015 annual report, the most recent one posted on its website.
“Tito is a champion for the families of Boston and has demonstrated a commitment to social justice, communities of color, and empowering people to be their own champions,” said the group’s executive director, Imari Paris Jeffries. “This commitment is aligned with Parenting Journey’s belief that parents have the power to build resilient families. His expertise in public policy, advocacy and public service will help us shape a vibrant future for families.
“I firmly believe the people that are closest to a problem are the ones who have the solutions,” Jackson said, “so the objective is going to be around empowering the parents.”
As a Boston city councilor, Jackson chaired the Committee on Education and the Special Committee on the Status of Black and Latino Men and Boys, and was Vice Chair of the Committee on Healthy Women, Families and Communities. He also served on six other committees.