Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq.

Chief Equity & Member Services Officer

Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., currently serves as the Chief Equity and Member Services Officer for the National School Boards Association (NSBA) where she provides leadership, management and oversight of educational equity programming, content and research. The equity program at NSBA is designed to identify discriminatory practices, prejudices, and beliefs in education policy. In this role, she also engages state association members in cooperative, ongoing partnerships to create programs and resources for state associations and through them, their member school districts, ensuring quality service, as well as a strong revenue return for NSBA and state association members.

Ms. Jacobs is a skilled negotiator and mediator, with over 25 years in public service working with multiple complex bureaucracies including urban education systems, non-profit organizations, government/quasi-government agencies, and labor unions. Working with diverse stakeholders, she supports the group identification of a shared agenda, always seizing opportunities to build respect and trust. She is known for her effectiveness in bringing stakeholders to the table to tackle contentious, yet necessary issues with the focus on improving organizational and group effectiveness.

Prior to joining NSBA, Verjeana served as Chair of the Board of Education in one of the nation’s largest school districts. During her ten-year tenure as a school board member, she held several leadership roles as President of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, and as Chair of the National School Boards’ Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).

She retired as the Division Chief of the Office of Professional Responsibility and Legal Affairs in Prince George’s County government. She also managed a part-time law practice concentrated in areas of contract negotiations, labor-management, mediation, and non-profit management. She maintains her licensed attorney status in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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