Our board members
James Jackson, III – Founder & Executive Director
James Jackson III has worked in the financial industry for almost 18 years, and is currently the Assistant Vice President of Community Development at Zions Bank. He has also served his community for nearly 10 years by founding the Utah African-American Chamber of Commerce in 2009, and serves on several other boards and committees of nonprofit organizations. Jackson’s passion is education, helping people become a better version of themselves. He is an adjunct personal finance professor at Salt Lake Community College, and also has his own company, J3 Motivation, where he is a professional coach, trainer, teacher, and speaker with the John Maxwell team. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to leadership, and sales and organizational development. Jackson received his undergraduate degree in marketing and finance from the University of Utah and his MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Steven Johnson – Chair
Steven L. Johnson is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Arbitration Firm Luke, Johnson & Lewis, LLC. He also holds the position of Chair on the board of the Utah African-American Chamber of Commerce. Steven’s career as a Director has provided him with a vast level of experience in the financial industry. Coupled with 25 years of recovery management, he is capable of transcending the reclamation process. With a strong understanding of business administration, industry trends, team building and a sharp set of analytical skills; Johnson is well rounded with the tools necessary for a collection company to be successful.
Mikell Brown – Vice Chair
Mikell is a Sr. Mortgage Specialist with over ten years of experience in the mortgage lending industry. Before joining Christian Roberts Mortgage, Mikell had an extensive background in sales and the cellular industry.
Mikell started his mortgage career in 2007 as an FHA/VA specialist focusing on government sponsored loans and learning the ins and outs of HUD to help his clients from all walks of life the opportunity to buy a home. He understands the broad range of client’s needs, from first time home buyers to the refinancing needs of the most seasoned home owners, now he offers a full range of financial mortgage planning. Conventional, Jumbo, VA, FHA, HARP and many other types of other government programs are examples of his professional expertise.
Mikell is passionate about his career and has considerable knowledge about the lending industry and is considered and knowledgeable resource in his company. His work ethic and loyalty have earned him top awards within his company and the industry. Staying active in the community, Mikell serves on the African American Chamber of Commerce as vice chair as he helps to grow the chamber through events, community involvement, and business leadership.
Mikell married his high school sweetheart of 21 years and resided in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. They have two beautiful children, and when he is not with them, you can find him at a local ski resort snowboarding, playing basketball or by a grill entertaining.
Jasmine Walton – Secretary
Jasmine Walton is currently the Community Engagement Coordinator at NeighborWorks Salt Lake, a non-profit organization that builds on the strength of neighborhoods, to build and sustain neighbors of choice. Jasmine has served on numerous community board and committees to help bring events to Salt Lake City such as the Evening in Harlem, Expect the Great Conference, and BSU High School Conference. Jasmine is a graduate of the University of Utah where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Political Science, while attending the University of Utah she was involved in the Black Student Union and served as the president for two consecutive years; during her time at with the Black Student Union she along with many other students helped effect change and push the administration to value diversity by bringing more diverse staff and events to campus. In her spare time, she helps manage a local non-profit competitive basketball club called the Salt Lake Sonics.
James Jackson, Jr – Treasurer
James Jackson Jr was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the third child and only son of James and Ida Jackson. He has two older sisters, the late Judith, Jerolyn (Muskogee, Oklahoma), and younger sister Jacqueline (Salt Lake City, Utah). His parents moved to Utah from Muskogee, Oklahoma. Raised in the Rose Park area, he graduated from West High in 1977. He attended Salt Lake Community College. He has specialized training in Robotics, Fiber Optics, security, card access, camera, and fire alarm systems, and industrial instrumentation.
He started in electronics in 1978. Later moving to construction, he used his knowledge to branch out to other areas which presented opportunities with Kennecott, Hercules, and telecom companies Global Signal and Crown Castle.
He became an independent associate with LegalShield. Achieving a goal of being a business owner, he fulfills the need for affordable and personable legal and identity theft services. These services available for individuals, families, small businesses and employee benefits.
Mr. Jackson is married to Naomi for 37 years. He has two children, James III and Dinitri. He has five grandchildren. Zoe, Memphis, Audrie, Isaiah, and Aaliyah.
Cameron Williams – Utah County Chair
Cameron Russell Williams, originally from the southern suburbs of Chicago, attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Economics and African/African-American Studies. In 2017, he was promoted to Director of Diversity Engagement, with the mission of educating, growing, and fostering a highly inclusive environment both at Domo, and across the state of Utah. Cameron is currently the acting President of the Utah Cultural Trust, Chairman of the Utah County Black Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Utah Black Chamber of Commerce, and board member of the Young Professionals of Salt Lake City. He is also an advisor to the Utah chapters of the National Association of Black Accountants and National Society of Black Engineers. Through his various roles, Cameron is focused on forging partnerships across Utah to ensure diversity and inclusion, as he believes this can only be achieved by working together.