In a Fort Lauderdale office adorned with countless awards next to her picture with President Barack Obama, an autographed Dwyane Wade jersey and art by Black artists, attorney Yolanda Cash Jackson feels at home.
Jackson, 64, is the newly appointed chairwoman of the board of directors of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the county’s public-private economic development partnership tasked with recruiting companies to the area and retaining them. As the first Black woman ever selected for the influential leadership role since the council formed in 1985, her perspective is shaped by growing up in Liberty City the descendant of Bahamian immigrants that came to Miami in the early 20th century.
The Miami Lakes resident, who holds a law degree from the University of Florida, specializes her legal practice in government relations and lobbying, as a lawyer at the Becker law firm. One of her notable accomplishments was securing annual state funding of almost $15 million for Florida’s three private historically Black colleges — Florida Memorial University, Bethune-Cookman University and Edward Waters College.