Gianna Jackson is the Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for TIAA-CREF, based in Philadelphia, PA. She oversees all Corporate Social Responsibility activities for the firm, ensuring that the TIAA-CREF brand is enhanced by a robust CSR platform and broad philanthropic engagement in the communities where its employees live and work. Ms. Jackson makes all charitable funding decisions and manages TIAA-CREF’s Corporate Citizenship team and the firm’s relationships with nonprofit partners, civic organizations, policymakers, business leaders and local public officials.
Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in August, 2014, Ms. Jackson worked for Cigna Corporation for 18 years, both in the Legal Department and in the Public Affairs area. Licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Virginia, Gianna provided legal counsel in support of Cigna’s global corporate clients, including Investment Management, Corporate Real Estate, Supply Chain Management, Corporate Services, Travel and Meeting Services, Marketing, Diversity, Communications, Corporate Giving and IT.
From 2005 to 2013, Gianna led Cigna’s philanthropic and corporate responsibility efforts as the Executive Director of the Cigna Foundation. In that role, she managed Cigna’s $11MM charitable giving program, directed corporate and foundation dollars to non-profit organizations, and oversaw various programs including, employee giving campaigns and volunteerism, matching gifts, sustainability and greening efforts, global giving, and developed communications in support of Cigna’s community involvement initiatives.
Gianna serves as a board member of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (fighting childhood cancer) and the Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). She previously chaired the Conference Board’s Contributions Council II and served on the National Constitution Center’s Corporate Council and the Board of Directors of the Governor’s Prevention Partnership in the State of Connecticut.
Over the years, Gianna has mentored a number of colleagues as well as young people from local underserved communities. She began serving as a Visiting Professor with the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program in 1997 and continues to participate in this program which supports historically black colleges and universities.
Prior to joining Cigna, Gianna worked at a small litigation firm in Washington, DC, volunteered as a Court Advocate for victims of domestic violence in Alexandria, VA, and was a summer associate with Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, CT. A graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center, she lives in South Jersey with her husband, Billie.