Candace Y. Jackson


Candace Jackson founded CJAM in 2006 to develop institutional capacity and improve sustainability for arts, cultural and community based organizations. She began her career in theater management with a focus on business operations, organizational development, and strategic planning for performing arts institutions. Since 1993, she has worked with numerous theater, dance, film, visual arts and cultural organizations to streamline productions logistics, develop sustainable operating systems, and improve institutional capacity.

Prior to founding CJAM, Candace was Director of Operations for the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., where she managed facilities operations, general administration, and served as co-coordinator for Phase I of the Apollo Theater’s historic capital restoration project. Prior to the Apollo, Candace held various management positions included Program Officer with the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and Associate Managing Director for Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven, CT.

In 2011 Candace became Managing Director of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year initiative designed to increase support systems and programs for artists across the country. Through grant-making, research and communications programs, she directed support for more than 100 national grantees and partners. In 2013, she expanded her work internationally to support arts, cultural, and microenterprise development initiatives in Central America.

Candace earned an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama and BFA in Theater Arts and Business Administration from Howard University.  From 2010-2012 she served as adjunct instructor in New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies Arts Administration Program. 

In The News

The historic Dunbar Theatre of Wichita moves closer to making a comeback with a $5.2 million restoration plan and hopes of kick-starting economic activity in the surrounding community.  Candace Jackson and CJAM Consulting point to national revitalization models from across the country.

A search committee of members of the Board of Directors of Dance Place has engaged CJAM Consulting to assist in the organization’s national executive search, with plans to name a new director in Spring of 2017.

In the April 2015 New York Times article Streetbird Rotisserie in Harlem Offers Chicken in a Throwback Setting, Candace Jackson discusses arts, tourism and mommyhood with other professional women of the non-profit arts world.



Candace Jackson featured in the April 2014 article Youth from 19 countries gather in Medellin urban projects to boost entrepreneurship" on the The Social Institute for Housing and Habitat of Medellin Colombia website.

MAPP International Productions Board of Directors "welcomes Candace Jackson as Interim Executive Director.  Candace brings nearly 20 years of arts management experience to MAPP International, including the past three years as Secretary of the Board of Directors, and previously as Managing Director of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC)."



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