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Yolanda Cash Jackson

Becker & Poliakoff

BACKGROUND:

Yolanda Cash Jackson is an experienced Government Law attorney who has established a strong reputation in the community for her leadership and commitment to civic, charitable, and professional organizations. She concentrates her practice in the area of Governmental Relations and has developed a proficiency in State government funding and appropriations. Ms. Jackson has excellent working relationships with the State's leading elected officials and policymakers.

Ms. Jackson has successfully lobbied State funding for a number of private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and School Boards. Most noteworthy is Ms. Jackson’s successful lobbying of State funding for Florida’s three private HBCUs, totaling nearly $15 million. Ms. Jackson’s diverse list of clients include Fortune 100 companies, gaming, and healthcare corporations. She has also successfully lobbied for appropriations on transportation related infrastructure matters.

Throughout her career, Ms. Jackson has lobbied and shepherded landmark legislation. Most recently, during the 2017 Legislative Session Ms. Jackson successfully lobbied for the inclusion of The Black Farmers and Agriculturists Association (BFAA) in the State’s recent medical marijuana law, which granted a designated license to the BFAA. This is noteworthy because it is believed to be the first of its kind in the Nation.

BOARD APPOINTMENTS & MEMBERSHIPS:
• Becker & Poliakoff Management Committee, 2010 – Present (re-elected in 2017)
• The United States Senate Military Affairs Committee, 2001 – Present
• The National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • Executive Board, Corporate Round Table, 2014 – 2016
  • Corporate Round Table, 2008 - Present
• The National Bar Association
  • Virgil Hawkins Chapter, 1995 – Present
  • Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Chapter, 1993 – Present
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Chapter, 1992- Present
• The Florida Bar
  • Member, 1991 - Present
  • Committee on Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy, 2017 – Present
• The University of Florida Foundation
  •  Board of Directors,2016 – present;
  •  Levin College of Law Trustee, 2009-2016
• Leadership Florida, Class of XIX
  •  Member, 2000 - Present
  •  Membership Selection Committee, 2010, 2011, 2017
• The Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, Member, 2014 - Present
• The Urban League of Broward County, Board of Directors, 2011 - Present
• The International Women's Forum
  • Member, 2010 - Present
  • Florida Chapter, Board of Directors, 2015 - 2017• The Orange Bowl Committee
  • Member, 2007 – Present;
  • Vice Chair, Legislative Committee, 2013
  • Chair, Legislative Committee, 2011, 2012
  • Chair, Spouses Outing, 2008, 2009
• The Miami Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • Member, 1990 – Present
  • Honorary Gala Chair, 2016
• The Greater Miami Chapter of the Links, Incorporated
  • Member, 2010 - Present
  • Public Affairs Committee, 2017 – Present
• Miami Children’s Initiative, 2010 - 2012
• The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, 2006 - Present
  • Chair-State Advocacy Committee, 2007 - 2008
• Carrie Meek Foundation, 2001
• Miami-Dade Beacon Council, Board of Directors 2018
 
HONORS AND AWARDS:
  • City Year Miami, “Legal Professional of the Year”, 2017
  • Delta Days at the Capitol Service Award, 2017
  • Onyx Magazine, “Women on the Move”, 2017
  • Children of Inmates, “League of Superheroes”, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • National Bar Association, “Gertrude Rush Award”, 2016
  • St. John Community Development Corporation Incorporated ,“Chairman's Award”, 2016
  • National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (N.O.B.E.L.) Women, “President's Award”, 2016
  • Education Fund, “Public Schools Alumni Achievement Award”, 2016
  • National Organization of Black Elected Legislators (N.O.B.E.L.) Women, “Beam of Light Award”, 2016
  • Florida Trend Magazine, “Florida’s Legal Elite", 2007, 2008, 2016
  • Top 100 National Black Lawyer, 2015
  • Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Exhibition, “Women of a New Tribe: Miami Icons”, 2015
  • Florida Memorial University, “Community Leader of the Year”, 2015
  • Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce, “Woman of Distinction”, 2015
  • Hall of Fame, “Community Service Award”, 2015
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) South Florida Chapter, “Outstanding Excellence
  • Awards”, 2013
  • Broward Black Elected Officials, “Community Service Award”, 2011
  • 5000 Role Models of Excellence, “Outstanding Bahamian”, 2011
  • National Organization of Black Elected Legislators (N.O.B.E.L.), “Women’s Award”, 2010
  • Gwen S. Cherry Women Lawyers Division, “Outstanding Member”, 2009 - 2010
  • Florida Trend, “Top Lawyers”, 2008
  • Les Bonnes Amies Club, “Distinguished African American Women with Vision, Dare and Care”, 2007
  • The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Miami, Bill Colson Award “Salute to Miami
  • Leaders/Legal Law”, 2007
  • The Sun Post Magazine, “Woman to Watch”, 2007
  • Miami-Dade County Commission on the Status of Women, “In the Company of Women”, 2007
  • Top Hat Salute to Women of Achievement, 2007
  • Jessie Trice, “Hero Award”, 2004•
  • International Career and Business Alliance, Inc. (ICABA) Honoree, “One of the 100 Most Accomplished
  • Blacks in Law in South Florida
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  • MEDIA PUBLICATIONS:
  • The News Service of Florida has Five Questions for Yolanda Cash Jackson, April 4, 2017
  • For HBCUs, Funding Critical, “Miami Times”, March 8, 2017
  • Historically Black Colleges Face Challenges, but Seeing More Interest Amid Racial Tension, “Miami
  • Herald”, February 25, 2017
  • Bank-credit Union Battle, Insurance Clash Likely in Tallahassee, “Miami Today”, February 2, 2017
  • Miami Business Owners Discuss Hillary Clinton’s New Small Business Plan, “South Florida Caribbean
  • News”, August 26, 2016
  • Yolanda Cash Jackson Talks Politics-Miami Herald, “Miami Times”, November 11, 2015
  • Needle in a Haystack: Yolanda Cash Jackson is an Ideological Sphinx in an Increasingly Polarized
  • Dynamic, “Influence Magazine”, August 10, 2015
  • She's an Insider's Insider, “Influence Magazine”, August 7,2015
  • Thousands Convene at National Urban League to “Save Our Cities”, “South Florida Times”, August 6,
  • 2015
  • Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Becker & Poliakoff's Jackson, “Law 360”, December 22, 2014
  • Orange Bowl Revamps North Dade Park, “South Florida Times”, April 24, 2014
  • The Lobbyists, “Florida Trend”, July 1, 2011
  • Networking Key to Success for Busy Lawyer-Lobbyist, “Miami Herald”, May 12, 2010
  • Getting to Know: Yolanda Cash Jackson, “Diverse Education”, June 28, 2007
  • Women Worth Watching and the Organizations that Employ Them, Yolanda Cash Jackson, May 6, 2007
  • Minorities and Women in Business, “In the News”, February/March 2007
 
NEWS RELEASES:
  • Yolanda Cash Jackson and Hugo Alvarez Nominated as Legal Luminary Finalists, June 28, 2017
  • "Sister to Sister" Networking Event Fosters a First in Lauderdale Lakes, June 22, 2017
  • Yolanda Cash Jackson Receives League of Superheroes Award, May 4, 2017
  • National Black Caucus of State Legislators Elects Yolanda, 2014
  • Cash Jackson to Corporate Round Table Board, January 13, 2014
  • Yolanda Cash Jackson featured in "Leading", FIU's Center for Leadership Newsletter, December 11, 2013
  • Becker & Poliakoff Elects Two New Management Committee Members, February 9, 2010
 
MEDIA APPEARANCES:
  • Local 10 News, Miami - This Week in South Florida, February 13, 2017
  • Local 10 News, Miami - This Week in South Florida, Round Table, December 16, 2016
  • Local 10 News, Miami - This Week in South Florida, July 31, 2016
  • CBS Miami - Focus On South Florida, Children of Inmates, June 5, 2016
 
BAR ADMISSIONS:
Florida 1991
 
EDUCATION
University of Florida, J.D. 1990, B.S. 1980