Jeffery Beckham Jr.

Vice President of Career and Leadership Development

(312) 784-3308

Jeffery Beckham serves as Vice President of Career and Leadership Development at Chicago Scholars.  In his role, Jeffery is responsible for developing the strategic plan for Team Lead. 

Jeffery is a community leader and tech-entrepreneur known for advancing the fight for equity and exposure for youth in Chicago.   Over the course of his career, he’s worked in both the for and non-profit sector developing skills in technology, youth leadership development, and strategy. He comes to us after working in sales, marketing, and technology entrepreneurship for Quest Diagnostics, Atlas Medical Corporation,  The New Teacher Center, and his own startup Black Box Creative.

Jeffery grew up in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood of Chicago and Hazel Crest attending Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights before attending The University of Missouri Columbia where he graduated in 2003 with a degree in Business Management. After which, Jeffery studied Business Information Technology at DePaul University.  If he could give one piece of advice to Scholars, he would tell them to find and utilize opportunities to develop your leadership style. College is a great place to learn leadership. 

WVON and Ariel Investments named Jeffery one of Chicago’s Top 40 Game Changers Under 40 years old and he was a finalist for the Chicago Inno 50 on Fire Award in 2016. 

Outside of work Jeffery loves music and basketball and is a karaoke die-hard. Jeffery lives by the quote, “to whom much is given, much is required” and constantly finds opportunities to help people working to build community and develop our country’s youth. He serves as a mentor for many young people through his work with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity INC., and The Greater Bronzeville Neighborhood Network. He also serves as Program Director for the 100 Black Men of Chicago’s Pathways to Success Program, which is a career emersion program for high school and college students funded by Wells Fargo.  He also has served as the elected community representative on the Local School Council at King College Prep and currently serves on the board at Foundation’s College Prep a middle and high school in Chicago’s Roseland Community.