The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Board of Directors proudly announces the appointment of Gail Jackson-Blount as board President. The 46-year-old MWPC is the nation’s oldest and non-partisan women’s political action organization committed to increasing the number of women elected to public office and appointed to public policy positions.
Its members include a diverse group of influential women in the political, academic, business, and non-profit communities, and offers programs that strive to increase the interest of women in the political process and helps them to be successful in the political arena. The MWPC Political Action Committee (PAC) also assists women running for office by providing them with financial support, consultation, technical assistance and post-election training. MWPC also advocates on a variety of issues that have an impact on women in the Commonwealth.
“I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with Gail who is an experienced professional who understands and is committed to advancing the values of MWPC,” said Meg Hogan, outgoing President of MWPC. “We are excited about the fresh perspective she will bring.”
“In this new world order the role of MWPC is essential. In order to hold ground on important hard earned rights we need to get more women elected to office. The emphasis now is to recruit more women to run as well as to deepen and diversify the pipeline,” said Sarah McCarthy Welsh, Executive Director of MWPC. “Gail understands this imperative and will provide leadership on these issues.”
“I am thrilled by the opportunity to serve in the role of president with such a vibrant and diverse group of women, particularly at a time when women’s parity and electoral progress demand that we do more, and I applaud MWPC’s participation in the recent historic women’s march. Our goal is to continue being present, actively involved in getting women elected to public office, and working in collaboration with others to grow and preserve our hard-fought gains in women’s rights. We must work even harder to encourage and support women’s involvement in public service at every level.”
A staunch supporter of organizations and programs that focus on the development of girls and young women, Gail is the President of Gail Jackson Communications, a public relations, marketing & communications consultancy where she provides strategic communications programs, new business development, and fundraising for public and private companies. She has served as Chief Community Outreach Strategist for Martha Coakley’s US Senate Campaign, as Senior Director of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, as Executive Director for Community Outreach and Political Affairs of the 2004 Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) leading state and regional political and community outreach, Director of the Ad Club Foundation providing diversity programs to New England’s Advertising and Communications Industry, as Executive Director of Communications at Roxbury Community College, Public Information Director at Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., and as global communications consultant for Wang Laboratories, Inc.
She will work closely with its Board and newly elected executive committee members to move forward the organizations agenda to encourage and support women who choose to run for political office.