LaShonda NeSmith-Jackson

sealAbout Councilwoman NeSmith-Jackson

LaShonda NeSmith-Jackson is a proud native of Florence, South Carolina and a Wilson High School Graduate.  She is a community advocate, an entrepreneur, a certified mentor, a Certified Champion Influence® Coach and a Curriculum Facilitator. LaShonda strives to help unlock the potential of the underserved and disenfranchised members of our community.

LaShonda founded the Embrace Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to serve as a resource outlet for our underserved communities. The Embrace Foundation facilitates numerous community service projects such as Kids’ Coat Drives, School Supply Drives, Christmas Toy Drives, Community Clean Ups, etc...  The Embrace Foundation helped develop and launch a summer youth lifetime achievement program, which focused on teaching life skills to at-risk youth in Florence County.  She is also the 1st Vice Chair of Love Beyond Bars, a non-profit designed to strengthen families affected by incarceration, where she writes curriculums to break the cycle of incarceration in youth.

She is the former Chairwoman of the Florence County Democratic Party. She currently serves as the 1st Vice Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party’s Black Caucus and the Co-Chair of Black Caucus’s Training Committee, where she travels around the state to train Democratic County Party Chairs and County Officers on community outreach.

LaShonda is also the founder of NeSmith Insurance Agency, LLC, and more recently started GOTV Consulting LLC, a political consulting company specializing in “Get Out To Vote” strategies in low-income areas.

LaShonda is married to the Love of her Life, Marcus “Dre” Jackson, Mother of 2 Sons, Bi’ael, 30 & Wilson’s IB Student Dre’Shon, 17. She is a loving grandmother of 2 beautiful grandsons, Ashton, 10 and Chance, 2. She enjoys showing these men how to treat a lady.

LaShonda is a community and business advocate who believes in fairness, integrity, honesty, loyalty, and being a voice for the voiceless. LaShonda continues to be active in her community, and as the Florence City Councilmember for District 1, she seeks to increase and expand her service to the community. 

Her Personal Motto is “Education for Progression”.

City Council Committees:

  • Chair of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee.
  • Member of the Community Development Committee.


Councilman Schofield

LaShonda NeSmith-Jackson

District 1

(843) 617-1000