Cheryle R. Jackson has been elected to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) board of governors. She currently serves as vice president, government affairs and corporate development at AAR. When Jackson joins in January, she will be the first African American woman to serve on the board in its 93-year history, according to AIA records. Jackson joined AAR in March 2010 after serving three years as the first female president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, a civil rights and economic development organization. She also was the first woman and African American to serve as a chief spokesperson for the Illinois governor's office.