A 2013 CIA graduate, Jesse Jackson joined the faculty as a baking and pastry instructor in 2020 and took the reins as head coach of the soccer team two years later. Jackson brings 21 years of experience to his coaching role. He played on the CIA soccer team that made it to the conference semifinals in 2012 and competed at the NCAA Division III level for Johnson & Wales University. A native of Hyde Park, NY, Jackson spent 13 years playing Division 1 travel soccer as a member of Hyde Park Elite. He also served as a coach and referee for the City of Poughkeepsie Youth Soccer League. His professional credentials include Certified Master Baker and ServSafe Certification.