Terri Carmichael Jackson was named Director of Operations for the Women’s National Basketball Players Association in May 2016. In this role, Jackson is responsible for WNBPA board relations, executive leadership and management, financial governance, and stakeholder outreach. These responsibilities require her to be a good negotiator, creative marketing consultant, listener & problem-solver and all-around fixer.
Jackson comes to the WNBPA after four years with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Indianapolis, Indiana. In her last position at the NCAA she reported to the Chief Legal Officer/Executive Vice President and served as the Director of Law, Policy and Governance. In this role, she operated as the EVP’s chief of staff. She was the primary contact and staff support to university chancellors, presidents and athletics administrators who comprised the Association’s highest governing body, the NCAA Board of Governors. Jackson worked with all divisions of governance (Divisions I, II, III) and association-wide committees to ensure consistency of process and strategic coordination in legislative and policy matters.
Jackson also served as the Associate Director for the NCAA’s Office of the Committees on Infractions (COI), where she led the training for members of the Division I and II Committees on Infractions on NCAA enforcement reform. In addition, she was responsible for spearheading the Division I COI membership expansion and outreach initiatives during the first phase of expansion.
Prior to her time at the NCAA, Jackson served as Legal Counsel for Athletics and, later, Assistant General Counsel and FOIA Officer for the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). At UDC, she worked closely with NCAA Athletic Department senior staff on Title IX compliance, student-athlete welfare, NCAA rules education and corporate sponsorship agreements.
Jackson has also taught courses on Women in Sport at American University, Trinity University, University of the Incarnate Word and Tulane University. A native of New Jersey, Jackson earned her juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center & bachelor of arts from Georgetown University, and is the recipient of her alma maters’ distinguished awards for community service and service to the legal profession. She is happily married to Jaren Jackson (GU MSB ’89), former NBA Champion (San Antonio Spurs). Terri and Jaren are the proud parents of one son, Jaren Jr.
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