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Mayor Edna Branch Jackson is the 65th Mayor of Savannah, Georgia and the first African-American woman to hold this position. Prior to her election in 2011, she served three terms as Alderman at Large on Savannah City Council, including serving as Mayor Pro Tem for two terms. Mayor Jackson has served on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities, and is former President of the National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government. She is currently the first vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association and the Chair of the GMA Legislative Policy Council.

Mayor Jackson was fully engaged in the Civil Rights Movement, first joining the NAACP Youth Council in Savannah at age 9. A protégé of the late W.W. Law and Eugene Gadsden, she participated in sit-ins at downtown Savannah businesses, wade-ins at Tybee Beach, and kneel-ins at various local churches. She helped conduct voter registration drives and participated in demonstrations throughout the South, including the 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery. During this period, she was employed with the NAACP National Youth Task Force and spent time in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia demonstrating and carrying out voter registration drives.

She is the past southern regional vice president and national vice president of the SSU National Alumni Association. She served as vice chairman and member of the Chatham County Democratic Executive Committee, former chairperson of the Chatham County Hospital Authority, former board member of Economic Opportunity Authority and former board member of the U.S. Selected Service Board. She was appointed by Congressman John Barrow to serve as a member of the Military Academy Selection Committee and the regional committee of the U. S. Civil Rights Commission. She is a former member of the Savannah Regional Second Harvest Food Bank Board of Directors, and is a member of Step Up Savannah Board and others. She is a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of the NAACP, and the founder and member of the Mandingo Socio Civic Club.

Mayor Jackson has traveled throughout the United States, China, Ghana, Nigeria, Israel, Turkey and other countries.  She has presented a paper on tourism, preservation, and economic development in Shanghai, China in October 2014. Mayor Jackson is also known for her public speaking.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Savannah State College (now University), where she worked as an administrator for 30 years.   During her tenure, she served her alma mater in the areas of counseling, admissions and recruiting, financial aid and was the Director of Alumni Affairs and Elderhostel Coordinator.  Mayor Jackson has one son, Kevan LaMar Jackson.

Mayor Jackson’s honors include:

Georgia’s 100 Most Influential Leader 2015, Georgia Trends 2013, 2014, & 2105 Most Influential Georgian, Savannah State University 2014 Award of Excellence for Leadership, Savannah Technical College Tribute to Community STARs Award 2013, Emancipation Day Leadership Award 2012, Savannah State University Richard R. Wright Award 2012, Bennett University Outstanding Woman in Civil Rights, Savannah Civil Rights Museum Unsung Heroes Award, Tom Joyner Hardest Working Community Advocate Award, NAACP Freedom Award, Delta Sigma Theta Alfreta Adams Community Service Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Mozella Collier Volunteer Service Award, Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the year award and many more.

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Mayor Edna B. Jackson
City of Savannah Mayor

Sharonte Turner

Executive Assistant

Edith Gregory
Sr. Administrative Assist.

Jonas Subaar

Management Analyst

Savannah City Hall, 2nd Floor
2 East Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31402

Ph: 912-651-6444
Fx: 912-651-6805

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1027
Savannah, GA 31402