With wide-ranging experience in both the public and private sectors, Jewell Jackson McCabe is a businesswoman who serves as a director on a variety of boards, is a Presidential, Gubernatorial and Mayoral appointee, a consultant to major corporations, cultural and civic institutions, an educator, and is founding president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
As President of Jewell Jackson McCabe Associates – a bi-lingual (English Spanish) management consulting firm specializing in strategic communications, c-suite executive coaching and competitiveness training – Jewell has advised a wide range of corporations in the private and public sector.
A former corporate director of Reliance Group Holdings, a publicly held fortune 500 holding company, Jewell was the first African American to serve as a Trustee on the Board of The Wharton School of Business, she served for ten years. Jewell was advisor for board development for RRE– an information technology venture capital firm with $850 million under management.
Ms. McCabe was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council that oversees the Holocaust Museum. Governor Mario M. Cuomo appointed Ms. McCabe to the New York State Council on Fiscal and Economic Priorities; he also appointed her chair of the New York State Job Training Partnership Council.
In 1967, at 22 years old Jewell began an apprenticeship with the New York based Coalition of 100 Black Women, serving in multiple roles including in 1973 becoming communications VP – Ms. McCabe was elected President and served an unprecedented two consecutive terms from 1975 to 1979.
In 1980 she organized twenty chapters in ten months and convened the NCBW Founding Assembly in October of 1981 in NYC. For the next ten years Jewell served as the founding president of the national organization and subsequently during the next decade Jewell was chair of the NCBW board.
Ms. McCabe created and presided over the CANDACE Awards which recognized over 100 distinguished African American women– and a few good men. Held annually at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the prestigious honor was conferred upon women in business, politics, and the arts to recognize their achievements, establish career opportunities and, as noted in Fortune Magazine, “ to establish common ground for women-of-color between the public and private sectors.”
Jewell is the recipient of two honorary doctorates and other numerous awards, Ms. McCabe, In 1993, was on the “short list” for the presidency of the NAACP becoming the first woman in 84 years to be considered for chief executive officer of the venerable civil rights organization.
Since 2011, Professor McCabe has taught at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where she teaches Race, Class and Gender in American Cities, and Leadership: Women and Public Policy