Jackson Blackwell

MPA, International Relations
School of Public and International Affairs
Class of 2025

Jackson is a candidate for a Master’s in Public Affairs in International Relations at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. He is also a Harry S. Truman Scholar and graduated Magna Cum Laude with Economics and Political Science degrees from Boise State University. As a born-and-raised Alaskan, Jackson is interested in international climate policy and energy geopolitics, particularly as they impact the Arctic and Northern regions. 

Previously, Jackson served in several roles for the Anchorage-based nonprofit organization, Arctic Encounter, and most recently helped lead the organization as its Managing Director. He also was part of the consulting firm, Kallander & Associates, and worked with clients across the political, economic, and business sectors. Additionally, he worked with public and private organizations over the past several years, including: the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Senator Murkowski’s Washington, D.C. Office. Jackson also served as Political Director on the historic 2020 Ballot Measure 2 campaign in Alaska, implementing statewide open primaries and ranked-choice voting. 

In his free time, Jackson enjoys travelling and spending time outdoors, especially if skiing or hiking.