Jackie has a PhD in environmental history from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her dissertation, "Coastal Parks for a Metropolitan Nation: How Postwar politics and urban growth shaped America’s shores," examined the federal government's concerted effort to turn private coastal lands into public parks in the 1960s.
She is now working to turn this dissertation into a book. She is also exploring ways to apply this coastal conservation research to present-day coastal policies, especially in the wake of rising sea levels and increasingly severe storms due to climate change.
Jackie has worked with the National Park Service (NPS) at Cape Cod National Seashore, Manzanar National Historic Site, and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Her original work with the NPS was with a UNPEPP grant at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. She has worked as a public historian and naturalist in these positions and conducted work ranging from canoe tours to cannon firing to oral histories.
In Albany, Jackie worked in public policy for several years. She spent two years at Parks & Trails New York, New York's leading statewide voice for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving New Yorkers' health, economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space. She coordinated a statewide grants program funded through New York's Environmental Protection Fund, spearheaded federal advocacy on public lands issues, assisted with the planning and implementation of statewide events like I Love My Park Day, and worked on bike and pedestrian advocacy issues along with partner organizations.
Jackie grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia and completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Notre Dame. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington, where she works as an historian with the consulting firm Historical Research Associates, Inc.