Jackie’s working life has focused on social justice, community engagement, diversity and education. Since the mid 90’s she specialized in sexuality and gender diversity issues, managing a branch of ACON (formerly AIDS Council of New South Wales) and in 1999 becoming the first NSW Attorney General’s Department Policy Officer, Gay and Lesbian Liaison. In this role Jackie started working closely with the NSW Police Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer (GLLO) program. Her focus was crime prevention and justice issues for gay men, lesbians and transgender people. In 2006 she began working for the NSW Police Force in the sexuality and gender diversity portfolio, developing policy and implementing programs, including training and supporting officers to better meet the needs of LGBTI people.
Jackie names the 25th anniversary of the NSW Police Force GLLO Program last year as a highlight of her career to date. Other highlights include winning 11th place in the top 20 LGBTI employers at the Australian Workplace Equality Index LGBTI Inclusion Awards for 2016.
Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Psychology from the University of Sydney and a Master in Social Policy from the University of Wollongong.
Jackie and her partner have been active and vocal about same sex parenting culminating in an appearance on ‘Playschool’ (a very popular children’s TV program celebrating its 50th birthday this year) that caused a media splash. Their daughter Brenna is now a 20 year old University student and part time (award winning) actor. Jackie loves her family (including her dog), the beach and she dreams of living by the sea one day.
Jackie and her Australian colleague Dahni Houseman will present an LGBT TED Talk on Friday afternoon, August 5th, about the history of LGBTI Liaison Officers in the Australian provinces of New South Wales and Victoria.