Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman, was appointed by Governor Rick Scott, to serve as Jacksonville City Council Member for District 8. She was installed by City Council President, Aaron Bowman and Chief Judge Mark Mahon on July 12, 2018. She serves on the Land Use and Zoning Committee(LUZ) and Rules Committees.
As a native of Jacksonville and the CEO/President of the Clara White Mission. Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman has been working to improve Jacksonville for over 30 years by implementing programs that effect change through cost-effective initiatives by engaging the community. She was featured on the “Today Show” for developing innovative training programs to stabilizing the lives of veterans, the homeless and underserved. As an extension of the veteran program initiative, she raised $3.8 million to develop and opened the Henri Landwirth “Beaver Street Veterans Villas and Outreach Center” in 2017. She transformed this historic vacant downtown structure into a life-changing furnished "One Stop Shop" full-service permanent housing facility that includes supportive services.
Since being selected by the board of directors, Pittman continues the legacy of service. Community engagement has kept her actively involved on the forefront of Jacksonville’s progression through developing programs that promote and champion economic growth and community revitalization. Her proven leadership, experience and hands-on approach has focused on veteran services, licensed vocational training through the Department of Education, that includes Culinary Arts, Janitorial/Construction Clean-Up, Electrical and Environmental Safety & Agriculture Safety Training through NCCER(National Center for Construction Education and Research); job creation, job placement, housing, neighborhood preservation and revitalization.
In addition, to the development and branding of urban farming in partnership with Sysco Foods, Chartwell and Vulcan. She believes that community experiences have prepared her for a seat on the City Council, to work and be a voice for the citizens of Jacksonville in District 8.
Councilwoman Pittman is committed to: Engaging and mobilize constituents and government to work together to address neighborhood concerns and achieve results; Expanding economic development with a focus on job training and placement; and Collaborating with law enforcement, community and neighborhoods to reduce criminal activity.
Over the years, Pittman has had an opportunity to serve on numerous of boards in the community: Jacksonville Children’s Commission(JHA), Cummer Museum, Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, and she is a member of Leadership Jacksonville, Leadership Florida, Civitans, Homeless Coalition, Junior League and the Downtown Rotary Club to just to name a few. She worships at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Pittman has received numerous of accolades for her commitment and leadership to our community. Some of her achievements includes: The Eve Award for Employment, the FBI Community Leadership Award, Tillie Fowler Leadership Award, The Urban League Award, Leadership Jacksonville Award, Mayor’s Commission on the Statues of Woman, just to name a few.
She holds dual degrees from Florida State College in Jacksonville (Associate in Arts Degree) and Jones College (Bachelor of Science Degree). Additionally, she was honored with a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Jones College and serves as one of the institution’s most accomplished alumna. She is the proud parent of two children.
Her philosophy is “Go out of your comfort zone to make a difference”.