Los Angeles Office
Why I Do What I Do:
“When there is a will, there’s a way.”
Alma Mater(s): California State University, Long Beach
Your role in one sentence: Day to day support for staff of the organization.
When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…traveling the world, collecting coffee mugs, and tasting coffees of the world.
If not higher education then what cause? Recreation and programming. Implementing the “Parks make life better” model and creating both adult and youth programming to help improve the quality of life.
As a child to young parents, the importance of pursing a college degree was embedded at a very early age. Being the first to attend college, Jackie was adamant about attending her first-choice university. Growing up participating in multiple recreational and extra-curricular activities, she was devoted to major in Recreation. Jackie received her BA in Recreation and Leisure Studies from California State University, Long Beach.
While finishing up her undergraduate degree, she interned for Sharefest Community Development where she immediately started her nonprofit career after completing college. Having the opportunity to work alongside at-risk and low income youth, and managing beautification projects, she knew public service was her calling.
Prior to joining the Campaign for College Opportunity, Jackie worked in the Office of Los Angeles Councilmember Joe Buscaino serving the Watts and Harbor Gateway Communities. Having several years working in public service, she is extremely passionate about creating positive community change.
Jackie currently resides in Torrance, CA and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration at CSU Long Beach.