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

CJAM Consulting is thanked by Commissioner at Mount Vernon Mayor's unveiling of its "first Arts, Culture & Heritage Master Plan" for spearheading an "incentive community input process” to develop the recommendations for the plan. The plan is considered a "blueprint" for Mount Vernon's economic revitalization.

651 Arts ushers in the new year with announcements of positive transition and growth, embracing the "invitation to shift, grow, or ground ourselves in our deepest truth".   CJAM Consulting, longtime partner, to lend executive strategy and oversight to help with search for a new Executive Director.
The Apollo Theater in Harlem will expand into the Apollo Performing Arts Center into two new spaces as part of the Victoria Theater's redevelopment.
to "incubate works by up-and-coming artists, particularly performers of color".




The "groundblessing” ceremony with actor Denzel Washington for the new construction and restoration of the August Wilson House in Pittsburgh's Hill District took place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018.  CJAM Consulting partnered with the Daisy Wilson Artist Community Inc. to create a program and business plan for the project and celebrates the "manifestation of authenticity and representation of Black America".

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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