Teaka Jackson is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She double-majored, earning her Bachelor of Science degrees in Pre-Law Criminal Justice and Psychology from Tennessee State University. After graduating college, she began her legal profession quickly elevating within her career earning the title of Senior Litigation Paralegal. She is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Civil and Victim-Offender Mediator, Suicide Prevention Certified by the Department of Mental Health for both Adults and Youth, and a duly commissioned Notary Public for the State of Tennessee.
Teaka’s genuine desire to lead and serve the community transcends in both her professional and personal life. Since early childhood she has independently spearheaded and consistently engaged in philanthropy, by advocating, volunteering, supporting and servicing various charitable causes and organizations.
Teaka is the founder of Love Thy Neighbors. Love Thy Neighbors is geared towards engaging the community through programming, events and initiatives that will aid in providing education, tools, resources and opportunities to various marginalized groups.
The State of Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities selected Teaka to join the 2021-2022 Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute. Graduates from this program have gone on to advocate by influencing policies on the local, state, and national level.
Teaka has lobbied Congress to pass specific legislations and policies that are geared towards the betterment of the community. Teaka is a strong advocate who promotes inclusion by aiding in bringing justice to protect and promote individual and collective rights, in an effort to continue to raise awareness and foster world-wide support for the most vulnerable people and communities who may be characterized as underprivileged and/or underserved.
Here are a few organizations in which Teaka serves: Leadership Council Member for the Music City Young Professionals. She is a member of the NAACP – National Chapter. She was elected, appointed and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Davidson County Democratic Party, and is the Vice President of the Davidson County Democratic Women.
Teaka was awarded, recognized and is the recipient of the following honors: 2022 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominee; 2021 Young Professionals Honors Award by the National Urban League; 2021 Mary Catherine Strobel Award by Hands on Nashville; 2021 Woman of Influence Award by Nashville Business Journal; 2020-2021 40 under Forty Award by Tennessee State University’s National Alumni Association; 2020 Nashville’s Black 40 under Forty Award; and 2018 Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities Award by Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Office of the Mayor in conjunction with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.