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NFBPA honors local African American public administrators

The Weekly Challenger
April 20, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) paid tribute to several members of the community for their commitment to public service during a recognition ceremony held at the police department’s new headquarters.

During the event, held Friday, Oct. 18, the chapter’s current president, Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, told attendees how excited she was for the opportunity to highlight the NFBPA and also recognize a group of community leaders for their commitment to serve.

“I am excited to expose the community to NFBPA,” Gaskin-Capehart said. “And to even expose it to our students, they need to know about us as well, and the professional development needs that we can meet.”

NFBPA is a national organization whose membership is comprised of public administrators from various organizations, including local government, public commissions, private businesses and academic institutions.

Along with providing professional development, the group also works to provide a professional network for African Americans serving in public administration and lobby for an increase in minorities in the field.

After introducing the current slate of NFBPA officers, Gaskin-Capehart presented the first two honorees, Thomas “Jet” Jackson and Theresa Jones. Jackson and Jones were honored as founding members of the chapter who are still working in public service today.

Jackson has worked for the City of St. Petersburg for nearly six decades. In 2014, the city named the Wildwood Recreation Center the Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center in his honor for his commitment to the community.

Jones has been a city employee for more than 30 years and currently works in Veterans, Social and Homeless Services.

Gaskin-Capehart, director of Urban Affairs for the city, said while they will honor other past members throughout the year, they wanted to start with Jones and Jackson in commemoration of their continued commitment to working on behalf of the community and NFBPA.

Attendees were also allowed to tour the department’s new headquarters and command center at the end of the evening.

To learn more about NFBPA, visit their website at nfbpatampabay.org

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