Commencement: Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipients

Lisa Jackson

lisa_jacksonLisa Jackson is Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

Jackson oversees Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment by addressing climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, using greener materials, and inventing new ways to conserve precious resources. Apple has led the industry in powering all its data centers with 100 percent renewable energy and removing many harmful substances from its products.

From 2009 to 2013, Jackson served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she focused on reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination, and expanding outreach to communities on environmental issues. She has also served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and as Commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Jackson holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University. She currently sits on the boards of the Clinton Foundation, Princeton, Tulane.

Yvonne Jackson

yvonne_jacksonYvonne Jackson, C'70, is founder and president of BeecherJackson Inc., chair of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, immediate past chair of the Spelman College Board of Trustees, retiring from the board after 15 years. Jackson is also a former senior most executive of three Fortune 50 companies and public company director.

An outspoken leader and spokesperson, she is known as a pioneer in corporate America and in her work as an advocate and developer of programs and initiatives to support the advancement of women and people of color in the workplace. She has become a ubiquitous leader in higher education governance demonstrated by her leadership roles on the board of AGB; and, governance expert with public and private companies serving as a faculty member and fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Jackson serves on the board of the SpartanNash Co. where she chairs the compensation committee and serves on the nominating and governance committee. She is a former board member of the board of Winn-Dixie where she served as chair of the compensation committee. A former board member of Best Buy Inc., having served on their compensation and nominating and governance committees, and a former advisory council member of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She now serves as a board member of Simmons College in Boston.

As president of BeecherJackson Inc., she leads the company’s consulting practice working with and serving public and private company boards on governance, organizational and succession issues. She also serves as a coach for C Suite executives. As a corporate executive with 30 plus years of experience in corporate America, Jackson was involved in working with and delivering strategic objectives in slow- and fast-growth businesses, turnarounds, acquisitions/ integrations, major change management, talent development and acquisition, compensation and benefits, as well as organizational redesigns and restructuring in multiple industries, including pharmaceutical, cosmetic/direct selling, computer technology, retailing, and fast food retailing. She holds a Management Development Certificate from Harvard Business School.