Professor Jewell Jackson McCabe Receives NYU's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award

NYU Wagner is pleased to announce that Jewell Jackson McCabe, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration, is a recipient of New York University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Faculty Award for 2021-22.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award recognizes outstanding faculty who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s scholarship, life, and justice work and who promote the principles and ethos of Dr. King’s extensive global contributions in their research, teaching, leadership, and/or community-building efforts. These awards are of particular significance as they are driven by students. Student participation includes, but is not limited to, award development, nomination, selection, and recognition of faculty honorees who have made a substantial impact within the classroom, in advancing student research and co-curricular projects, and in their work with students across the greater NYU community.

With wide-ranging experience in both the public and private sectors, Jewell Jackson McCabe is a business leader 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 and is organizer founder of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. In 1993, Ms. McCabe was one of four candidates on the “short list” for president of the NAACP becoming the first woman in 84 years under consideration for chief executive officer of America’s leading civil rights organization. She has been featured on news and general interest programs, including the Charlie Rose and the Today Show.

Ms. McCabe is a former corporate director of Reliance Group Holdings, a publicly held Fortune 500 holding company. She is currently president of the board of the Independent Filmmaker Project [IFP]. She served as a trustee on the board of Bard College and was the first Black trustee of the board of The Wharton School of Business, where she served for ten years, holds two Honorary Doctorates. Ms. McCabe was appointed by President Clinton to the United State Holocaust Memorial Council where she was a member of the Holocaust Council’s congressionally mandated Committee on Conscience. Governor Mario M. Cuomo appointed Ms. McCabe to the New York State Council on Fiscal and Economic priorities.

She was appointed Chair of the New York State Job Training Partnership Council the federal block grant to train the disadvantaged. Mayor Koch appointed Ms. McCabe to the New York City Commission on the Status Women, she was subsequently reappointed by both Mayors Dinkins and Giuliani. Her overriding objective as noted in an article in Fortune Magazine “Is to establish common ground for women-of-color between the public and private sectors.”