In 2013, after retiring from a federal career at the Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies, Jacquette launched Takoma Park Lunch and Learn as a no-fee, full-day summer camp for underserved children.
Previously Jackie had trained District of Columbia teachers in how to engage students of color in the academic disciplines of science, math and technology. A Takoma Park resident since 1985 she is the lead organizer of the local MLK Jr. Day events and is president of What’s My Bias Inc.
Jacquette is also a member of the Racial Equity Working Group and the Village of Takoma Park. As a tenant at the Essex House Apartments she is the longtime go-to person for neighbors in need, having served several years in a leadership role at the building. Jacquette has received an Azalea Award for activism in Takoma Park and the Neal Potter Award for advancing the community good in Montgomery County.