Director of the <a href="http://www.naacp.org/programs/entry/climate-justice" target="new">NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program</a>
Jacqui was born and raised on the south side of Chicago to a Jamaican immigrant father and an African American mother from Mississippi. She attended Boston University where she gained a Bachelors in Special Education. She has worked as a trainer, organizer, researcher, program manager, and policy analyst on international and domestic issues and social justice movements with organizations including Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Baltimore City Healthy Start, IMA World Health, United for a Fair Economy, ActionAid, Health GAP, and the organization she co-founded, Women of Color United (WOCU). Before joining the team at NAACP, she established herself as a national leader through Women of Color United’s participation in a Movement Generation for Change Ecology Justice Retreat and partnership with the Women’s Environment and Development Organization. To launch her work with NAACP, one our our nations largest civil rights groups, she facilitated a partnership with Women of Color United to engage in the “Women of Color for Climate Justice Road Tour”, uplifting stories of differential impact and community self reliance. Jacqui represents the NAACP in forging partnerships both nationally and globally, most recently attending the UN Climate talks in Lima, Peru.