Nothing is impossible
Lawrence High School
Selina Jackson graduated from Lawrence High School in 1984. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Kansas, a Master’s degree in European studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and a Master’s degree in international political economy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Selina served on the White House staff from 1988-1989 and the staff of former President Ronald Reagan in Los Angeles from 1989-1991. From 1995-2000 she served as U.S. Director of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD). From 2000-2010 she was Vice President of International Public Affairs at UPS, where she managed UPS' international trade policy and priorities, including trade facilitation and market access. In this position she worked closely with the World Bank Group to harness synergy between the public and private sectors for building trade capacity in developing countries.
It was in her last week with UPS in August 2010, that Selina helped facilitate the transportation of the 13-ton drilling equipment that brought 33 miners to safety after the San Jose mine collapsed 2,000 feet beneath Chile's Atacama Desert. She received a call from her trade-initiative colleague, Roberto Matus who worked at the Chilean Embassy in Washington after he had already contacted the U.S. State and Defense Departments and was turned down. He then reached out to Selina in the private sector and in about 48 hours a team was putting everything together in Pennsylvania, i.e., inspecting the drill, breaking it down into smaller components and loading everything into a container to be shipped by UPS within 72 hours.
Finally in October all 33 miners were saved. In May 2012, Selina was awarded the Merit Order of Bernardo O'Higgins, the highest civilian honor granted to non-Chilean citizens at the home of Chilean ambassador in Geneva, Switzerland.
From 2010-2016 Selina was the World Bank's Special Representative to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva where she was responsible to manage the World Bank's relations with the WTO and the Geneva-based UN agencies including Member governments. She worked to strengthen strategic communication links between the World Bank and the WTO on trade and development and with UN agencies on disaster risk reduction, migration, health, employment, gender, post-conflict states, climate change and human rights. In September 2016 she started her new position back in Washington, D.C. as Vice President for Global Public Policy & Government Relations for Proctor and Gamble.
Selina has served as advisor to the U.S. government on economic policy including the
U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP), the Industry Sector Advisory Committee (ISAC) and Chair of the Strategy Committee for Coalition of Service Industries (CSI). She has served as Co-Chair on business coalitions seeking Congressional passage of the US-Chile Free Trade Agreement, the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement. For 15 years she served on the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and Foundation Boards. She currently serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Trade Systems.
She is married and has two daughters.