Karen S. Jackson

Board of Directors

Karen Stamper Jackson served as a Federal senior executive with an accomplished career spanning over thirty-eight years and many organizations within the federal sector.

She began her career at the General Services Administration in 1973 and focused her efforts in the budget and financial management areas. She broaden her areas of interests and expertise when moving to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1994 as the Director of Administrative Expenses Budget within the Chief Financial Office, where she responsibly managed a billion dollar budget dedicated to the Department’s Salaries and Expenses. She represented the Department before Congressional Committees, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Government Accounting Office (GAO) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Under her leadership the Division was transformed into a high performing organization that received recognition from Secretary Andrew Cuomo for “The Best HUD Budget.” Her innovative management style of including all members of her staff in the decision-making process and equipping them with the resources to respond to the challenge of a perpetual changing Government, increased the morale, productivity, and the financial position of the Department.

Mrs. Jackson’s reputation for results and high performance gained her nationwide recognition and led to her subsequent appointment to the Senior Executive Service (SES) and numerous executive level positions. Over a span of seventeen years, she was responsible for various agency operations to include:

• Director of the Office of Administrative and Management Services where she was responsible for overseeing the Operations of the Headquarters Building and policy oversight for HUD’s field offices. She managed a broad portfolio to include space, furniture, equipment, mail, communications services, parking, transit subsidy, motor vehicles, records management, safety and health, printing, and visual arts;


• General Deputy, Chief Information Officer with a portfolio that included human capital planning and development, employee recruitment, IT Reform, Capital Planning and Investment Management, eGovernment, Security and Enterprise Architecture;

• Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Management Support responsible for financial and administrative support services for the Office of Administration, executive correspondence management and the Departmental Grants program;

• Deputy Associate General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration where she managed and led the Department’s entire administrative operation. She retired as the Associate General Deputy Assistant Secretary/Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer with a broad portfolio of human capital services.

During her years of service, she was recognized with outstanding achievement awards, Distinguished Service Award and is a graduate and award recipient from the John F. Kennedy Harvard School of Government and Council for Excellence in Government Alumnae. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Managers in Government Program and Federal Executive Institute. Mrs. Jackson graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University and holds a Masters of Arts from George Washington University. She serves on several boards and is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She and her husband Donzell are natives of Louisiana; they have three adult children and seven grandchildren. Her love for kids, music and education drives her passion to serve in any capacity for FAME.