Downtown BID Profile: Elisabeth Jackson, Executive Director, Bridge

Thanks to the Downtown Boston Improvement District (Boston BID) for featuring Elisabeth Jackson, Bridge’s Executive Director, as part of their Women’s History Month series!

Meet Elisabeth Jackson, Executive Director of Bridge Over Troubled Waters (BOTW) since 2013. (Excerpted from their March 25 news)

Elisabeth Jackson, Executive Director, Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Elisabeth Jackson, Executive Director, Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Elisabeth's experience at BOTW stretches back over 25 years: she served as an intake counselor, running BOTW's Mobile Medical Van, from 1993-2003. A graduate of UMass-Boston, Elisabeth was honored with a Boston Business Journal "40 Under 40" Achievement Award in 2014. She has served on several boards, including the City of Boston Continuum of Care Leadership Council and the Advisory Board of the National Safe Place Network.  

A veteran of Downtown, Elisabeth has enjoyed "watching the growth and development of the neighborhood" over the past three decades. She "loves the [BID's] holiday season decorations and especially the [BID's] carolers." For young women aspiring to be in her field, Elisabeth cautions that "social work is tough work--you need to understand others so that you can truly be there to help them." That said, she is "energized and determined to ensure that every kid who comes to BOTW at high-risk leaves as a capable, healthy young adult."

Elisabeth's key mentor is Barbara Whelan, BOTW's founding Executive Director, who hired Elisabeth to work there. Per Elisabeth, BOTW "has maintained the gift of Barbara's incredible legacy, building innovative new responses to the needs of today's youth experiencing homelessness."