Alphonso Roy Jackson is the current and 13th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 28, 2004 and confirmed by the Senate on March 31, 2004. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of HUD since June 2001.
Born in Texas, Jackson grew up in South Dallas in a family with 12 children. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science (1968) and a master's degree in education administration (1969) from Truman State University and a J.D from Washington University School of Law in 1973.
In 1977, Jackson became the Director of Public Safety for the City of St. Louis. Jackson also served as executive director for the St. Louis Housing Authority. While there, he also became an assistant professor at the University of Missouri. Later, Jackson was Director of the Department of Public and Assisted Housing in Washington, DC.
From January 1989 until July 1996, Jackson was President and CEO of The Housing Authority of the City of Dallas. He later became President of American Electric Power-TEXAS, a large utility company located in Austin, Texas. In 1995, Governor George W. Bush appointed Jackson to the Texas Southern University Board of Regents, and he served until 2003.