The City of Savannah will host the official portrait unveiling of former Mayor Edna Branch Jackson on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor of City Hall. Mayor Jackson was installed in office January 2012 as the 65th Mayor of Savannah becoming first African American female to hold that position.
Edna Branch was re-elected to serve a third term as Alderman at Large Post 1 on the Savannah City Council in November 2007. Subsequent to her election, the members of City Council re-elected her to serve a second term as Mayor Pro Tem, making her the first female and first African American Female to hold that position on the Council. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and is the former president for the 12th District. While serving on GMA’s Executive Board, she chaired the Community Development Policy Committee. Mrs. Jackson served two years as Chairman of the Chatham County Municipal Association which includes elected officials from eight municipalities in Chatham County. Jackson was recently re-elected to the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities (NLC), an organization that advocates for cities and towns across the United States, and also is a member of the NLC board’s Leadership Training Council. She is a former President of the National League of Cities’ (NLC’s) Women In Municipal Government (WIMG), which is comprised of women elected officials who serve in municipal governments throughout the United States.