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Jackie Jenkins-Scott is a nationally recognized leader with more than 30 years of experience holding senior and executive positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Departments of Public and Mental Health, as well as with community-based organizations and higher education. In 1983, she became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, MA, one of Boston’s first and now, one of the largest community health and human service organizations serving diverse, vulnerable populations. Under Jackie’s leadership, Dimock emerged from the verge of bankruptcy to a highly successful and sustainable benchmark institution that successfully integrated comprehensive health and human services, including new programming in workforce development, primary and behavioral healthcare, child and family-centered services, transitional housing, and a community-based research program to develop innovative strategies for meeting the priority needs of inner-city residents.
In 2004, Jackie assumed the role of President of Wheelock College, a 127-year-old private college specializing in educating teachers and social workers. Under Jackie’s strategic leadership, Wheelock significantly increased its endowment, completed an $82 million capital campaign, developed new areas of study including cross-disciplinary and online programs, increased undergraduate enrollment by over 50 percent and representation of ethnically and differently-abled students by 40 percent.
Her personal commitment to improve society extends to community and civic engagement. She is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Schott Foundation for Public Education, Center for Community Change, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Century Bank and Trust Company. Jackie raises public awareness about education and other public sector issues on a national (and global) scale by speaking and writing in a variety of media. Her monthly blog on Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com/jackiejenkinsscott demonstrates thought leadership in inspiring others to learn and care about issues and institutions impacting public and higher education and society.
Jackie has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership, including among others, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Massachusetts Red Cross Clara Barton Humanitarian Award, the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award, INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award for college presidents, Boston Business Journal 2014 Women of Influence Award and the COLOR Magazine Change Agent Award. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University and an MSW from Boston University.
Jackie lives in Belmont, MA, with her husband and finds renewal and fun in spending time with her adult children, extended family and friends, as well as connecting with others who share her passion for learning about other cultures and global issues.
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