Ambassador Rhoda M. Jackson

 

Miss Jackson was born in Nassau, Bahamas in March 1960 to Errol (deceased) and Loletta Jackson.  She received her early education at the Government High School and proceeded to the College of The Bahamas in 1979, where she received her Associates Degree in French. Miss. Jackson furthered her studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada from 1979 – 1982 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French with a minor in Economics.

From 1982 – 1984, Miss Jackson worked at Pan American World Airways as Reservations and Sales Agent, but sought a higher calling in October, 1984, as a teacher of French and Religious Knowledge in Freeport, Grand Bahama and Nassau.

In 1988, Miss Jackson joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs working in a number of Departments within the Ministry including International Relations, Protocol, Economic Affairs and the Legal Division. In 1993, she was posted as a Foreign Service Officer to the Bahamas High Commission in London, England with responsibility for economic and trade matters and relations with the European Union in Brussels. She was later transferred to The Bahamas Embassy in Washington, DC for 3 years and in 2000, joined the Permanent Mission of The Bahamas to the United Nations in New York.  As the officer responsible for the Second Committee on Economic and Social matters, Ambassador Jackson served as part of The Bahamas’ negotiating team for several UN conferences, namely United Nations Financing for Development Conference in Monterrey, Mexico and the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, both held in 2002. Ms. Jackson returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters in Nassau in September 2004.  In February 2007, she was reassigned as Chargéd’Affaires to the Embassy of The Bahamas in Washington, until the appointment of an Ambassador in November that same year.  At the Embassy, she served as Minister Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission until January, 2011 when she was appointed Consul General at The Bahamas Consulate General in Miami, Florida.

In February, 2013, Her Excellency Rhoda M. Jackson was appointed Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva and presented her credentials to His Excellency Mr. Kassym-JomartTokayev, Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, accrediting her as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary on 24 May, 2013.  While in Geneva, Ambassador Jackson has oversight of the various UN specialized agencies, including the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Office on Migration and the United Nations Human Rights Council.  As Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, Ambassador Jackson is tasked with advancing The Bahamas’ accession process at the WTO together with other UN trade related matters.

As a Diplomatic Officer, Miss Jackson has represented the Government of The Bahamas at many international meetings, conferences and seminars in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the Pacific and Europe and has undergone extensive training programmes in diplomacy in Berlin, Germany (1993) and in Delhi, India (October, 2006).

In September 2017, she returned to The Bahamas to take up the post of Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Miss Jackson is a born again believer and currently worships at East Street Gospel Chapel, Nassau, The Bahamas.  She has participated in Women’s meetings/conferences in New York, Florida and The Bahamas where she has served, on occasion, as keynote speaker.

Her hobbies include reading, fishing, listening to jazz and playing scrabble.