Coley Jackson is the Competitive Enterprise Insitute's (CEI) Vice President of External Affairs. Before joining CEI in 2013, he directed the development team handling all major gift, corporate, and foundation relation operations at Americans for Prosperity. He previously served as the director of major gift operations at the Mercatus Center and worked at the National Rifle Association. He spent seven years with the National Right to Work Committee in development, government relations, and communications.
Coley is a veteran of the free-market movement and has dedicated himself to helping public policy organizations across the nation more effectively advance liberty. For the past 20 years, Coley has run a consulting group for nonprofits, most of them small state-based groups championing key policy issues like gun rights and tax reform. He has trained these grassroots organizations on how to better achieve their goals, and has helped them successfully affect major policy changes at state and federal levels.
Coley is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in Aerospace and Political Science.