Yolanda M. Jackson is the Executive Director and General Counsel of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC). She is also the Diversity Director of the JDC. As the Executive Director she leads two organizations that focus on excellence in the legal profession, promoting humanity and cultivating diversity and equality in the legal profession (BASF); in addition they advance fairness and equality by providing pro bono legal services to low-income people and also educational programming to foster diversity in the legal profession (JDC).
She has years of experience as a litigator, mediator, arbitrator, trainer and facilitator, and has helped businesses address diversity and organizational development needs, community outreach and conflict resolution methods.
Ms. Jackson was an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, where she taught negotiations and settlement courses and classes on Bias/Diversity in Negotiations. She has presented over 100 “elimination of bias” training sessions for law firms, bar associations, corporations/entities and various law schools. She was also an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University Law School where she taught Insurance Law and Practical Legal Writing. She has served on the boards of numerous professional and community organizations throughout the country and has won several awards including the California Association of Black Lawyers President’s Award, the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California “Gil Lopez Award”, the League of Women Voters of San Francisco’s “Women Who Could Be President” award, the National Diversity Council’s “California’s Most Powerful and Influential Women” and the National Bar Association Presidential Award. Much of her volunteer time is spent on helping to enhance communities and under-served populations, mentoring and creating networking opportunities for others.