Jaqueline (“Jackie”) Tucker is an innovative and compassionate millennial with a heart for servant leadership, civic engagement, community uplift, law, policy, and politics. Jackie joins GARE as a former educator who witnessed the injustice of systemic educational inequity firsthand in her Houston, TX classroom.
Immediately before coming to GARE, Jackie served in the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) as the Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) Equity Fellow and the interim Senior Federal Relations Associate. Jackie, along with her CCSSO colleagues, drafted advocacy letters to members of Congress on a range of educational issues. In her role as Equity Fellow with CCSSO, she helped lay the foundation for educational equity nation-wide by co-authoring, Leading for Equity: Opportunities for State Education Chiefs. Jackie also helped the CCSSO staff think strategically about equity in its organizational policies and personnel practices. She also secured $50,000 from the Hewlett Foundation to fund CCSSO’s equity initiatives.
In her role as Senior Federal Relations associate with CCSSO, Jackie was a part of a three-person team that helped analyze and interpret federal education laws and policies for state education staff and leaders. Her team was responsible for ensuring that local Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans were compliant with the intent of the law.
Jackie is a Texas bar certified attorney who also brings previous experiences as a legal associate (Deloitte and Touche), a FOIA attorney (USDA), a community organizer (Families Empowered), and a congressional aide for multiple members of Congress. Jackie has a B.A. in Political Science from Butler University and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law.
When Jackie is not engaged in social action she can be found coaching girls’ basketball teams, mentoring college bound students, or teaching Vinyasa yoga to family and friends. She is inspired by her mother, father, and sister to approach all of her work with an open mind, a helping hand, and a committed heart.