BASF’s Board of Directors recently announced the hiring of its new Executive Director and General Counsel Yolanda Jackson. Jackson was previously BASF’s interim executive director, general counsel and diversity director.
The executive director leads both The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) in the implementation of projects furthering the mission of the two organizations including a commitment to diversity, the achievement of equal access to justice, leadership on social issues, attorney professionalism, and pro bono service.
Jackson has been with BASF since 2007, when she became the organization’s first diversity director. In 2008, she was promoted to deputy executive director where she also took on responsibility for managing member-ship, member benefits, continuing legal education, communications, and marketing.
During the seven years Jackson has been with BASF, she has been involved with a number of critical, forward-looking projects for both BASF and JDC, including the launch of the Justice & Diversity Center; the growth of a nationally recognized diversity pipeline program; the establishment of an Online CLE program; the purchase of a building to permanently house the Homeless Advocacy Project; and the Lawyer Referral and Information Service’s expansion into Marin County, as well as their assistance to the US Immigration Court by increasing immigration services to meet the critical needs of the Bay Area.