Linda Jackson, M.S.

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Affiliate Faculty
Linda.jackson@dfs.virginia.gov

Education
Linda Jackson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Wake Forest University in 1989 and a Master’s of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1999.

Professional experience
Ms. Jackson began her career with Virginia Department of Forensic Science (DFS) in 1995 as a Controlled Substances Examiner and then was promoted to Section Supervisor, Controlled Substances Section Chief and Chemistry Program Manager before assuming her current position as Director of DFS.  As Chemistry Program Manager, she managed all technical aspects of Controlled Substances, Toxicology and Trace Evidence disciplines.
As an adjunct instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the Forensic Science Master’s program, taught Drug Analysis I (Fall semesters: 1999–2004) and, Drug Analysis II, (Spring 1997).

Professional accomplishments
Ms. Jackson served on the international Scientific Working Group for Seized Drug Analysis (SWGDRUG) since its inception in 1997 to 2014.  She has served as a certified assessor for the ASCLD/LAB-International accreditation program since 2004.  She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS), the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Forensic Science Graduate Academic Committee and served on the federal Interagency Working Group on Standards, Practices and Protocols.  Ms. Jackson currently serves on the National Commission on Forensic Science and co-chairs the subcommittee on Accreditation and Proficiency Testing.