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Meet the Team


Michelle D. Jackson 

President & Chief Executive Officer

  • 20+ years in marketing, communications, public relations and event planning.

  • 5+ years in economic development, entrepreneurship, emerging technologies ecosystem development, innovation, public program evaluation and legislative policy development.

  • 3+ years in finance.

  • Adjunct Professor at Tulane University's John Lewis Masters of Public Administration Program.


  • BA in Communications specializing in Public Relations & Advertising from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Central Michigan University. 

  • Published Author - The Heart of a Man (2010) & From Darkness to Night: Family Secrets (2020) and The 10 Step Guide to Building a Successful Food Startup (Comic Book)

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Desiree H. Young 
Growth Manager & Marketing Associate

  • 20+ years of business development and sales experience.

  • Emerging Technologies Specialists.


Scottie O. Jackson 

Chief Financial Officer & Logistics

  • 25+ years in engineering and IT/communications.

  • Decorated military officer​.

  • Adjunct Professor at Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) in the Cybersecurity Program.

  • BS in Engineering from Alabama A&M University and Masters of Information System from Central Michigan University and Masters in Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College. 

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Kenny Boyd 
Creative Director

  • Award-winning Creative Director.

  • 15+ years in graphic design, book and magazine publication.

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