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Ju’Coby Pittman, native of Jacksonville is the CEO/President of the Clara White Mission and City Councilwoman for District 8. She has been at the helm as the CEO/President for the past 26 years. Under her leadership, the Clara White Mission has expanded from a soup kitchen with a budget of $295,000 to a budget of $3.1M, that has transitioned the organization into a one-stop community development center designed to support job training, job creation and housing for veterans, ex-offenders and low-income residents in Jacksonville. Over 1000 students have graduated and received certifications with 65% remaining in employment since graduation. She was featured on the “Today Show” for developing innovative training programs to stabilizing the lives of veterans, the homeless and underserved.
With more than three decades of community engagement and advocacy as a servant, Pittman has been working to improve Jacksonville by implementing programs that effect change through cost-effective initiatives by engaging the community. Pittman, is on a Mission for the Mission. She transformed a historic vacant downtown structure into a life-changing furnished “One Stop Shop” full-service permanent housing facility that includes supportive services. She raised and open the $3.8M “Beaver Street Veterans Villas and Outreach Center”, which is permanent housing and a commercial space for the Veteran Administration.
Since being selected by the board of directors, Pittman continues the legacy of service. Community engagement has kept her actively involved on the forefront of Jacksonville’s progression through developing programs that promote and champion economic growth and community revitalization. Her proven leadership, experience and hands-on approach has focused on veteran services, licensed vocational training through the Department of Education, that includes Culinary Arts, Janitorial/Construction Clean-Up, Electrical and Environmental Safety & Agriculture Safety Training through NCCER(National Center for Construction Education and Research); job creation, job placement, housing, neighborhood preservation and revitalization.
In addition, to the development and branding of White Harvest Farm and Training Institute, the mission is partnering with Sysco Foods, Chartwell and Vulcan to implement this urban farm in the
Over the years, Pittman has had an opportunity to serve on numerous of boards in the community: Jacksonville Children’s Commission, Cummer Museum, Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, and she is a member of Leadership Jacksonville, Leadership Florida, Civitans, Homeless Coalition, Junior League and the Downtown Rotary Club to just to name a few. She worships at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Pittman has received numerous of accolades for her commitment and leadership to our community. Some of her achievements includes: The Eve Award for Employment, the FBI Community Leadership Award, The Tillie Fowler Leadership Award, Mayor’s Commission on the Statues of Woman., KAPPA Leadership Award, The Urban League Award and Leadership Jacksonville Award.
She holds dual degrees from Florida State College in Jacksonville (Associate in Arts Degree) and Jones College (Bachelor of Science Degree). Additionally, she was honored with a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Jones College and serves as one of the institution’s most accomplished alumna. She is the proud parent of two children.
Her philosophy is “Go out of your comfort zone to make a difference”.