Program Manager, Connected Schools
District of Columbia Public Schools
Jackie’s work lies at the intersection of innovation and community. As the leader of a community school initiative within a public high school in Washington, D.C., Jackie believes that her school can be the space families view as a neighborhood hub for resources, as well as for restoration, healing, and a quality education. Jackie’s vision for a Culture of Health constellates around equitable access to resources for families: support in accessing them and care in connecting to them. Jackie believes that impactful change occurs via authentic community and family engagement, mental health, healing-centered practices, and strong support systems with place-based services.
MORE ABOUT JACKIE
Jackie’s identity rests in being a connector, equity warrior, disruptor, and intersectional feminist. She developed into herself in a plethora of roles serving students and families across the U.S. as a special education teacher, college access facilitator for first-generation students, and through Peace Corps service with girls’ gender empowerment and youth experiencing homelessness in the Dominican Republic. You will often catch her trying or learning something new, and that’s what attracted her to the Culture of Health movement: to be in community with visionaries who genuinely love people.
JACKIE’S WORK AND VISION