Grace Jackson

Executive Director at Year Up Greater Atlanta

Grace Jackson is a successful financial services business leader with a record of building and leading national and international credit delivery systems and winning teams.

In July 2018 Grace became Executive Director of the Year Up Greater Atlanta, which empowers young adults ages 18-24 to go from low income to professional careers in a single year. Atlanta currently serves over 400 young adults a year with a successful track record of over 90% positive outcomes.

Most recently, Grace served as the Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for Raymond James Bank where she headed loan and deposit operations, bank strategy, enterprise risk management, cybersecurity, and technology initiatives. She served as the point of contact for the banking regulators.

Previously, Grace spent seven years with SunTrust Bank, Private Wealth Management as Head of Credit Strategy where she increased and drove loan demand in 18 markets, achieving $1.9 billion in new loan production on an $8 billion loan portfolio. As the Credit Advisory Services Executive, she led seven credit teams with 130 professionals in managing $8.5 billion in assets.

Prior to SunTrust Bank, Grace had eight years of leadership roles at Wells Fargo Bank Wealth Management. As Wealth Management South Regional Managing Director, she integrated the merger and drove operational excellence in 12 markets. Prior to that she was a Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Credit Manager where she held the highest loan approval in the State at $75 million. She also served as a Vice President Corporate Banking Underwriter and a Human Resources Consultant.

Grace is an active participant in the Atlanta civic and charitable communities. She is an accomplished public speaker and has spoken in front of various civic, industry and charitable organizations.

A native of Chicago, Grace holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Marketing from Illinois State University, as well as a Master of Business Administration in finance from Katz Graduate School of Business from the University of Pittsburgh. During her time at the University of Pittsburgh, Grace as elected class president.

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