Carolyn B. Jackson, the proud daughter of a social worker and a business owner, was born and raised on Chicago’s south side where she attended St. Francis De Paula grammar school and Emil G. Hirsch High School. Ever committed to making a difference, she continued her education, receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sociology and Counseling from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. There she joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., known internationally for its commitment to service and academic excellence.
"Carolyn believes an effective leader is one who truly listens to constituents. “I’m running because the Cities of Hammond and Whiting deserve a bold progressive voice in Indianapolis.”
While working on her Master’s degree, she interned at the Cole County Juvenile Detention Center as a Juvenile Officer, where she protected the rights of children. Carolyn returned to Chicago and became a Probation Officer utilizing her education as a Sociologist and Counselor with the Cook County Adult Probation Department, retiring after 30 years of service.
Having been an Adult Probation Officer and Supervisor, Carolyn knows how to make our Hammond and Whiting neighborhoods ever safer, while ensuring that everyone is treated fairly. She has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Community Center Development Corporation, (Ophelia Steen Family and Health Services Center), the Hammond Library Advisory Board and is currently affiliated with the Hammond Branch of the NAACP, Northwest Indiana, the League of Women Voters Calumet Area, and Hammond High Parent/Teachers Advisory Board, all of which make it clear that she’s given of herself time after time. In her spare time she enjoys her favorite activities: downhill skiing, golfing, gardening and traveling.
Carolyn and her husband Eric have been residents and homeowners in Hammond for over twenty years. Carolyn is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband have two sons, Eric II and Thomas. Eric II is an Electrical Engineer and Thomas is a Director of Physical Medicine in Connecticut. Thomas and his wife Karima are the proud parents of three brilliant daughters.
So, whether she’s feeding the hungry, working to improve senior life, advocating for improved education in our schools, or just lending a helping hand to a neighbor, she is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of her community. She has the experience and heart to stand up for what’s right, and the clarity of mind to get the job done.