Bill Jackson
Founder and President


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Bill Jackson is founder and president of GreatSchools. Before founding GreatSchools, Jackson spent five years managing engineering development and marketing for two computer networking firms, including Whistle Communications, which was later sold to IBM. A graduate of the Coro Foundation Public Affairs Fellowship program, he also spent three years teaching – two in China and one in the United States. Jackson has served as a member of the California P-16 Council, director of the San Francisco Education Fund, and treasurer for two San Francisco school financing measures. He has served on the boards of the Yale-China Association and currently serves on the board of the Mandarin Institute. Jackson received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University. He is a fellow of the fourth class of the Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. As the former president of the Scientific Society at Phillips Exeter Academy, Jackson loves hearing about his two daughters’ elementary school science experiments.