Jackie Newman

Jackie L. 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 assignment. 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 and her Master of Arts in Public Administration, and she is currently a Candidate for a Doctorate in Public Administration 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. Jackie currently serves as President of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Chairperson of the Chicago Federal Home Loan Bank Advisory Council, 1st Vice President of the Illinois Association of Housing Authorities Board, and Member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Board of Governors. Since April 2018, Jackie has served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Peoria Housing Authority, where she is responsible for the overall organizational operations, which encompass over 2,500 units of privately and public managed housing stock in Peoria, assisting the PHA improve operational efficiencies and moving forward new/redevelopment initiatives. 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-nine years and daughters. In 2005, Jackie helped as her husband, Roy Newman, established the Fresh Visions Community Church on the north end of Springfield. She is active in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and in various churches’ ministries, as well as a continuing special ministry of her own: Pastor Jerry Jones & The Fantastic Jones Family Gospel Ministry Group.