Mabrie Jackson
Director, Public Affairs H-E-B/Central Market

Mabrie has been civically engaged for decades on state and local levels, strengthening the fabric of our community. She is a role model of optimism during our challenging times. Mabrie believes deeply in the vital role of diversity and in celebrating the uniqueness and beauty of the many cultures found in our communities. We are honored to present The Florence Shapiro Distinguished Leadership Award to Mabrie for her many contributions and accomplishments.

Mabrie Jackson joined H-E-B/Central Market as Director of Public Affairs in March 2016.  Jackson comes to the Texas-based retail grocer from the North Texas Commission, where she served as its President and CEO 2010-2016 and the 45-year-old organization’s first female leader. Jackson brings to H-E-B a varied background that includes public service through a seat on the Plano City Council, roles with Fortune 500 companies (Microsoft and EDS) and serving as the interim President and CEO of the Plano Chamber of Commerce. After stepping down from the Plano City Council in 2009, Jackson ran for the Texas Legislature as the Republican primary and run-off election candidate for the Texas House District 66 seat. An advocate for global trade, Jackson currently serves as the Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dallas.

Jackson currently serves as a trustee on the HCA Medical Centers of Plano and Frisco Board of Trustees, North Texas Food Bank Board, Communities Foundation of Texas Advisory Board, a member of the DFW Consular Corps, a member and former Chairman of the Advisory Council for the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, and on the Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP) Advisory Board.  She is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. Jackson previously served as President of the Collin County Child Protective Services Board, on the University of North Texas President Search Committee, a Governor’s Appointee to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council, on the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, a member of the Vistra Energy (formerly Energy Future Holdings) Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, Vision North Texas Management Committee, the North Central Texas Council of Governments Clean Air Steering Committee, AT&T Performing Arts Center Communications Committee, Texas Association of Business Board, H. Wayne Hendrick Scholarship Board, the Assistance Center of Collin County Board, and as a member of several National League of Cities and Texas Municipal League committees. 

Jackson has a graduate degree from SMU and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and Plano Senior High School. While attending UT, she served as a legislative assistant in the Texas House of Representatives. She is also a graduate of the Georgetown University Global Leadership Program. Mabrie is married to Marshall Jackson, and they have two sons.