Jackeline Stewart is a crisis communication specialist with experience in creating and disseminating transformative narratives in the face of opposition to help advance immigration reform, racial justice, criminal justice reform and Obama administration technology and green priorities. She has collected invaluable experience working with national nonprofits and thought leaders to develop dynamic strategies that not only reach, but engage diverse audiences to spark change. Her clients include the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Ford Foundation’s Civil Rights Table and the New Americans Campaign.
Before joining Spitfire, Jackeline worked with the Opportunity Finance Network to launch Venturize, a national campaign designed to help women small business owners and entrepreneurs of color access fair and affordable loans from responsible lenders. She also modernized the organization’s communication strategies, leading efforts to create a unified brand experience and create relevant and relatable messaging.
Jackeline served in the Obama administration as press secretary at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), securing top-tier media placement and using social media to provide the American people with the critical policy and program information they need and expect from a 21st century government. A reporter tweeted that GSA is “one of the coolest agencies in federal government.” In less than 140 characters, his message was testament to successful communication and marketing strategies that transformed public opinion of the government agency.
The combination of Jackeline’s love of writing and passion for social justice fuels her drive to tell powerful stories. Jackeline started her career working on health care, immigration reform, and education issues at the National Council of La Raza. She then helped develop the Latino worker narrative at the Service Employees International Union and was a writer for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee.
Jackeline graduated from the American University in Washington, DC with a combined B.A. /M.A. in journalism and public policy. When she’s not developing winning communication strategies, she enjoys reading, traveling, dancing, singing off-key, volunteering and is a founding member of the best book club in Washington, DC – The Bookettes.