On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 the city of Jacksonville, Florida will be electing a new mayor and city council members. Ju’Coby Pittman has been declared an official candidate for a seat on the JAX city Council. Pittman decided to toss-her-hat in the ring on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 for District 9.
Ju'Coby Pittman is a native Jacksonville-resident who graduated from Englewood High School, and then pursued the Edward Waters College C.L.I.M.B. Program. She holds dual degrees in business administrations from Florida State College at Jacksonville (Associate in Arts degree) and Jones College (Bachelor of Science degree) respectively. Additionally, she was honored with a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Jones College and serves as one of the institution's most accomplished alumna.
With more than three decades of community engagement, Pittman dedicated 22 years of her professional life to serve as President and CEO of the Clara White Mission. In this capacity she transitioned the non-profit organization from a $225,000 operational budget to a $3.1 million with 32 full and part-time employees.
Under her leadership, program initiatives have been sustained that focus on jobs, training, creation and placement of numerous citizens. Her primary focus of feeding and meeting the needs of Jacksonville's homeless population has been advanced by the implementation of a "Drop-in Day Center for the Homeless" and an all-male residential center with a census inclusive of almost 75% veterans.
An extension of the latter will open in 2014 as “Beaver Street Veteran's Villas and Outreach Center.” White Harvest Farm is the newest program addition and exists as a thriving community farm growing fresh produce in partnership with Sysco Foods, Inc.
Community engagement has kept Pittman at the forefront of Jacksonville's progression as she has served on the transition team(s) of Jacksonville's three prior mayors: John Delaney, John Peyton, and current Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. In addition, to serving as an active member on numerous board of directors including Jacksonville Children's Commission, Cummer Museum, Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, and Department of Juvenile Justice, she is a member of Leadership Jacksonville, Leadership Florida, Jacksonville Women's Network, and the Downtown Rotary Club to name a few. She worships at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Among a few of her esteemed honors include the Jacksonville Business Journal "Women of Influence," Gateway Girl Scout Council "Woman of Distinction," and the FBI Community Leadership Award. The highest honor she seeks will come directly from registered voters: “Jacksonville City Councilwoman District 9 (2015)”.