Jacqueline’s professional background is in education and not-for-profit management, and she has promoted economic and social justice within communities around the United States, Africa, Latin America, and Europe.
Originally an elementary school Social Studies teacher, Jackie became involved in international economic and justice work at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), developing USCRI’s first overseas direct service programs, first for displaced Bosnian refugee youth and then survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
Jackie encountered Fair Trade while traveling in Mexico in 1999 and soon thereafter became a volunteer with the Mut Vitz Coffee Cooperative in Chiapas.
Convinced that Fair Trade offers a sustainable and empowering framework for understanding consumption and trade, she became the director of the newly independent Fair Trade Resource Network in 2001.
Jackie is currently a Senior Program Advisor to Catholic Relief Services’ Economic Justice program and earned her Master of Science in Administration from University College at the University of Maryland.