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Woman of the Week: Carina Jackson


Carina Jackson is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Mariners Inn – a human services organization that provides services to men and their families in Detroit, Michigan. Mariners Inn was founded in 1925 by the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. Ms. Jackson supervises the Residential and Housing Programs as well as the Facilities Department. She assisted with the creation and implementation of the Residential Youth Prevention Program, the Peer Mentoring Program, the Youth Experience Program and the S.H.E. (Strong Healthy Empowered) Program.


Ms. Jackson has a very diverse background that includes education, entrepreneurship and government. Carina was the owner of C.L. Jackson and Associates – a management consulting company for seven years. In 2002, Carina co-founded Youth Vision – a non-profit organization that provided after school programs and summer camp to more than 400 youth in Southwest Detroit. In 2008, Carina worked as the volunteer and Election Day coordinator on the campaign for Saunteel Jenkins for Detroit City Council. Ms. Jenkins won the election in 2010 and Ms. Jackson became her Chief of Staff and worked with the Council Member on the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force, General Pension Board, and various committees.


Ms. Jackson has been a participant of the following fellowships:

  • German Marshall Memorial Fund Fellowship (2013)

  • Leadership Detroit Class XXXVII (2016)

  • 92Y Ford Foundation (2016)

  • WK Kellogg-Center for Creative Leadership Class 2 (2019)

Carina recently began sharing her story of overcoming physical and mental barriers while maintaining a life of rest and peace. She is determined to push the envelope and dismantle the “norms” while having purple hair and wearing pearls. Her journey can be followed on Instagram by clicking the button below:



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