Senior Vice President of Public Policy
Waymond Jackson is the Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Birmingham Business Alliance. Jackson leads a team responsible for workforce development, regional development and governmental affairs. Since joining the BBA in 2012, he has been instrumental in the development of several notable workforce initiatives, including the BBA’s Talent Recruitment Project, an effort to attract and retain early-career talent to Birmingham; OnBoard Birmingham, an initiative designed to introduce early-career talent to the Birmingham community and help companies retain recently hired talent in Birmingham; the Alabama Workforce Training Center in Birmingham, a construction and manufacturing center for incumbent workers, high school students and the community at large; the BBA’s effort to secure a $40,000 grant from Lumina Foundation to increase post-secondary attainment in the Birmingham region; and, recently, along with several community partners, Jackson led the Building (it) Together initiative, an effort to use labor market data to better align industry workforce needs with education and training providers.
The significance of this work has not gone unnoticed and has been highlighted through Jackson’s participation in various executive workforce leadership programs including the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Fellowship for Education Attainment; the U.S. Chamber’s Talent Pipeline Management Academy; the Community Leaders Forum of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; and serving as an advisor for the National Skills Coalition’s most recent Southern Skills Policy Report. He serves on several local boards and agencies including the Birmingham Education Foundation (chair 2019); Junior Achievement of Alabama; Central Six Alabama Works (chair 2016 – 2018); Tech Birmingham (vice chair 2019); Growing Kings; and the Birmingham Downtown Redevelopment Authority. He also serves on the board of directors of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was a 2014 Birmingham Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 honoree and was recently recognized by Development Counsellors International (DCI) and Jorgenson Consulting as a Top 40 Under 40 in economic development. He is married to Kimberly Jackson and they have one son, Leo.