McDonald, Jackson was born in January 1956 in Florida, United States.
Graduate, Georgetown University. Graduate, Institute d'Etudes Politiques, Paris. Graduate, Ecole National d'Administration, Paris.
3rd secretary, vice consul American Embassy Dhaka United States Department State, Bangladesh, 1980—1982, country officer for Bangladesh, 1982—1984, 2nd secretary for political affairs American Embassy Beirut, 1984—1986, 1st secretary for political affairs American Embassy Paris, 1987—1989, 1st secretary for political affairs American Embassy Moscow, 1990—1991, from chargé d' affaires to deputy chief of mission American Embassy Almaty Kazakhstan, 1992—1994, consul general Marseille, France, 1994—1997, deputy chief of mission American Embassy Cote d'Ivoire, 1998—2001, United States ambassador to Gambia Banjul, 2001—2004, United States ambassador to Guinea Conakry, 2004—2007.