Mayor Frank G. Jackson: A Biographical Profile

Frank G. Jackson, Mayor, City of Cleveland

On Jan. 2, 2018, Mayor Frank G. Jackson took the oath of office for his historic fourth term – which will make him the City of Cleveland’s longest serving Mayor. During his time in office, Mayor Jackson has been an advocate for building equity and opportunity for all Clevelanders in all neighborhoods.

Mayor Jackson is a lifelong resident of the Central Neighborhood where he began his career in elected office as its City Councilman and, later, City Council President. He is a graduate of Cleveland Public Schools, Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University – the latter from which he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and law degree. He began his public service career as an Assistant City Prosecutor in the Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk’s Office.

Some of his accomplishments include:

City Finances and Operations

  • Managing a citywide operating budget of $1.2 billion, using five year budget projections and strict fiscal controls to reduce costs while maintaining service levels
  • Developing a performance management program, a management training academy and a mentoring program for City employees to improve performance and accountability

Quality of Life

  • Creating Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools, a plan that will lead to systemic change in Cleveland’s schools and dramatic improvement in educational outcomes
  • Bringing together Ohio colleges, universities, Cleveland Metropolitan School District and stakeholders to form the Higher Education Compact to help students succeed in college
  • Improving the health of Clevelanders through the Healthy Cleveland Initiative, in partnership with Cleveland City Council and the four major local hospital systems

Public Safety

  • Building partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and community organizations to address the causes and impacts of gun and youth violence
  • Using crime data analysis to target crime hot spots and drive down violent crime rates in nearly all major categories since 2006


  • Investing more than $265 million in Cleveland’s neighborhoods since 2007, on streetscapes, recreation facilities, and other capital improvements and working with the public sector to encourage more than $7 billion in private development in Cleveland
  • Collaborating with business leaders and labor unions to implement Community Benefits Agreements for private development projects, creating opportunities for Cleveland residents and businesses to benefit directly from investment occurring in the City
  • Transforming the economy through Sustainable Cleveland 2019, a 10-year initiative to build a sustainable regional economy, encourage sustainable business practices and reduce environmental impact
  • Advancing Cleveland’s Downtown Lakefront Development Plan to encourage 3.5 million square feet in new development that encourages recreation, entertainment commercial maritime activity and economic development.