Jacki is a policy advocate and lawyer with deep expertise in advocacy, public policy reform, and movement-building to advance human rights and social justice. Born and raised in a coastal town along the Long Island Sound in Connecticut, Jacki has spent her life by water and is a strong advocate for upholding the right to an abundant supply of clean water for all.
Prior to joining Waterkeeper Alliance, Jacki led the advocacy efforts of national and state coalitions where she oversaw campaigns to pass groundbreaking federal and state legislation. Previously, Jacki was a litigator at Sullivan & Cromwell and a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in New York City.
Jacki has also served on the boards of directors and steering committees of national and state nonprofit organizations. She received an undergraduate degree in the Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University in 1998 and a J.D. from New York Law School in 2001. Jacki is admitted to practice law in New York and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
A novice kayaker, Jacki spends her free time exploring Three Mile and Accabonac Harbors in eastern Long Island.