Statement on Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Supreme Court

February 28, 2022

As we mark the end of Black History Month, ASAE congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her nomination to serve as the first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. 
Supreme Court confirmations are often contentious, partisan affairs and ASAE does not endorse or oppose specific candidates for the Supreme Court. We will leave assessments of Judge Jackson’s background, record and ideology to the senators charged with vetting her nomination. 
However, no matter how one feels about Judge Jackson’s record and qualifications, there is no questioning the historic significance and representational importance of her nomination. Should Judge Jackson be confirmed, it would not only bring the first Black woman to the highest court in the land, it would also mean four women would simultaneously serve on the Supreme Court for the first time in its 233-year history, rendering near gender parity on the nine-person bench. 
As an organization that promotes and celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion – and is currently developing a Conscious Inclusion strategy to help other organizations unlock the full potential of a diverse workforce and membership – ASAE believes strongly that the most powerful court in the nation should look like America and reflect the different ideas, perspectives, experiences and contributions that forge our national identity. 

Warm regards, 

Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE 
President & CEO