Jackie McKinney is a proactive, dedicated professional with more than five years of experience in capacity building and program implementation in the nonprofit sector. Prior to being selected as a National Urban Fellow, she served as Director of Site & Community Operations and Elementary School Program Director at Kid Power, Inc. in Washington, DC. In these roles Jackie created program curriculum and supervised program staff at nine elementary and middle school program sites and developed partnerships with government agencies, public/private/charter schools and community-based organizations.

Previously, Jackie worked as a Community Organizer for Hands On Greater DC Cares (HOGDCC) through the AmeriCorps Vista program where she used asset-based community development principles and created sustainable, on-going community projects led by neighborhood volunteer leaders. Highlights included increasing HOGDCC presence within the Ward 7 community by 400% and community volunteers by 112%.

Jackie graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor’s in Communications and a minor in Leisure & Sport Management.  She is honored to be selected as a National Urban Fellow because of their dedication to foster diverse leadership within the public sector.

Jackie’s mentorship site was at the Neighborhood Family Services Coalition in New York City where she collaborated on a number of city- and state-wide campaigns to advocate for policies and increased funding for programs that impact children, youth, and families in the city. Her projects included managing a small community-based organization capacity building group, executing a youth legislative advocacy day for The Campaign for Summer Jobs at the state capitol and communicating with government agencies.