Carl Jackson is a longtime Baltimore County resident with deep family roots in the county he continues to call home. The oldest of five children, he learned responsibility at a young age while helping care for his siblings in a single-parent home. His humble beginnings allowed him to witness firsthand the area’s economic, societal, and political challenges – and inspired him at an early age to be involved in efforts aimed at addressing the roadblocks he experienced.
While a student at Overlea High School, Carl enrolled in the Academy of Finance program, which incorporated business expertise into the high school curriculum. Through this opportunity, he began formulating fresh ideas for helping communities end the cycle of poverty, drugs, and violence.
Carl also helped care for his disabled grandmother during his high school years, which helped shape his views on senior issues such as the importance of long-term care and program funding – and the importance of honoring and spending time with our seniors.
After high school, Carl began working full time at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) while also attending Strayer University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and later pursued his master’s degree in Business Management.
His career at UMB has been one of excellence and outreach. He took part in an Emerging Leaders program and was elected to the UMB Staff Senate, an advisory group selected by employees to serve as representatives working with UMB leadership. It was here that Carl first received the opportunity to work with a group of elected representatives to bring about change in people’s lives.
Carl’s motivation to bring about political change led him to work on several political campaigns, to include volunteering for both of Barack Obama’s successful presidential bids and also traveling to Georgia to help with Jon Ossoff’s campaign for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. In 2018, Carl ran for the Maryland House of Delegates for the 8th Legislative District, winning the primary but ultimately falling short by 570 for the General. In 2019, due to the retirement of Delegate Eric Bromwell, Carl was appointed to the Maryland House of Delegates by Governor Larry Hogan.
Carl brings a strong leadership background, a record of community activism, solid business knowledge, and a fresh approach to every challenge he meets. He is a consensus builder with a great passion for Baltimore County.