Jackie is the Community Engagement Manager for Reading Partners North Texas, an organization that pairs community volunteers one-on-one with kindergarten-4th grade students reading behind their grade level. She is originally from northwest Ohio and studied international studies, women’s studies, and religious studies at The Ohio State University. Post graduation, Jackie spent three years at Birmingham-Southern College in their service-learning department, where her commitment to global social justice collided with local community development and student empowerment. She moved to Dallas in 2013 and worked at SMU in their alumni engagement department while also pursuing her graduate degree in organizational dynamics and gender studies. Since transitioning into Reading Partners in 2015, Jackie’s dedication to educational equity and desire to learn more about the intersection of communities and social change has only deepened.