Major General Anthony L. Jackson is the 19th Director of California State Parks, and was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown on November 13, 2012 and sworn-in by Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird on November 16, 2012.

Major General Jackson has a Master’s Degree in History from San Jose State University (1973). Jackson is also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, and the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (1998). From 1998 to 2000, Major General Jackson was Assistant Chief of Staff, G-7, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

From 2000 to 2002, Major General Jackson served as the Commanding Officer, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. In 2003, he concurrently served as Chief of Staff of Joint Task Force-555, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines, and 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan. From 2003 to 2005, he was Assistant Chief of Staff, G-5, First Marine Expeditionary Force, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

In 2005, Major General Jackson served as Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Marine Forces Central Command until his deployment to Stuttgart, Germany in 2007, where he was named Director of Operations and Logistics for the U.S. Africa Command until 2009.

Before his retirement from the Marine Corps in 2012, Major General Jackson served as Commanding General Marine Corps Installations West, supervising bases across California and the Southwest.

Jackson is married to the former Susan Gail Steinbach of Lafayette, California, and has two sons, Brian and Blaine.