DR. CARI JACKSON (Founding Director, ex officio) has one passion that guides her life: to help people discover, nurture, and live their authentic selves.This passion shapes her understanding of what being a “spiritual midwife” is all about—supporting people in their own process of self-discovery and spiritual empowerment. Her goal is to bring healing to a broken world by using her amazing talents in public speaking, counseling, and writing blended with her incredible heart of love.
Dr. Cari has an extensive career in leadership coaching, staff development, management training, organization development, and mediation in business and community organizations, including AARP, United Way, and Prudential. She is the president of Excellent Way, a leadership development company that specializes in integrating spirituality as a resource for leadership excellence. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, she has served as senior pastor at First Congregational Church of Stamford, interim senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, associate pastor at The Church St. Paul and St. Andrew (United Methodist), interim pastor and adjunct professor at Union Theological Seminary, and associate worship coordinator at The Riverside Church.
She is the author of five books: Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt (2013); For the Souls of Black Folks (2013); For the Least of These (2012); and The Gift to Listen, The Courage to Hear (2003), and Still Got Game (2015, co-authored with Carlton Greene). Dr. Cari earned her PhD in Christian Social Ethics (Drew University), MDiv (Union Theological Seminary), JD (University of Maryland), and BA in Psychology and Sociology (Oberlin College). Learn more about Dr. Cari at drcarijackson.com.