Jackie Newman has served as Executive Director of the Springfield Housing Authority since June 2005. Jackie started with the organization in 1985 through the Springfield Urban League’s On-The-Job Training Program as a Clerk Typist on a temporary appointment. She has since held positions as Human Resources Manager, Director of Section 8, Deputy Director, and now Executive Director. While being promoted through various positions with the Springfield Housing Authority, Jackie obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Management, Master of Arts in Public Administration, and currently is a Doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Springfield. In the role of Executive Director, she is responsible for the overall organizational operation, including the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and Public Housing Program, encompassing over 3,000 units of privately and publicly managed housing stock in Springfield/Sangamon County designated for low-income individuals and families, including the elderly and disabled. She takes part in a number of groups addressing poverty and homelessness, including serving as Co-Chair of the Diversity Development Council (East Springfield Redevelopment) for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce; as a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness; as a member of the Continuum of Care; and as a former Board member of Habitat for Humanity. She is currently working on a Strategic Planning Task Force for Habitat for Humanity. Jackie was named a “Woman of Influence” as sponsored by Security Bank and the Springfield Business Journal and “Woman of Excellence” as sponsored by the YWCA. Jackie is a lifelong resident of the Springfield community, where she resides with her husband of twenty years and daughters. In 2005, Jackie helped as her husband, Rev. Roy Newman, established the Fresh Visions Community Church on the north end of Springfield. She is active in the church’s various ministries, as well as a continuing special ministry of her own: The Fantastic Jones Family Gospel Ministry Group.