Ashley Jackson assists in organizing campaigns to shape public policy affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community. Jackson investigates the complaints and experiences of LGBT youth in schools and communities. She assists in developing materials to educate members of the LGBT community about their legal rights and works with community members and others to raise awareness of issues affecting LGBT people. Before joining the SPLC, Jackson co-founded the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition. She is a graduate of Hinds College in Jackson, Miss.