Dr. Jackie Young is a consultant, speaker, advocate and volunteer for projects and issues that inspire social change and healthy communities. Currently she serves as the Chair of the Hawaii State Judicial Selection Commission; the Hawaii State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; a board member of ACLU Hawaii and the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Hawaii Campaign Cabinet.
She obtained a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Hawaii; an M.S. in Speech and Education from Old Dominion University in Virginia; an Advanced Certificate in School Administration from Loyola College in Maryland; and a PhD in Women Studies and Communication from Union Institute in Ohio. She later worked at the Hawaii Dept. of Education managing programs related to special education, gender equity and Title IX compliance. She was also an adjunct professor at Hawaii Pacific University teaching courses in culture and communication.
In 1990 she was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives from the Windward Area and then elected by her peers as Vice-Speaker, the first woman to hold that position. She became a founding member in 1992 of Hale Ola, a spouse abuse shelter in Windward Oahu and continues to be active through her work with the Domestic Violence Action Center. She was a member of DACOWITS from 1993-1997 under Secretary of Defense Perry.
From 1999 to 2013 she was an executive with the American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific and retired in 2013 as its Chief Staff Officer.
Jackie has received awards from organizations such as the National Education Association, ACLU, and Hawaii Women Lawyers. The Korea Foundation presented her with the Light of the Orient Award. She received the President’s Award from the Union Institute and the Fellow of the Pacific Award from Hawaii Pacific University. The YWCA honored her as an outstanding woman leader in Hawaii. In 2014, Punahou School’s Alumni Association presented her with the Judd Award for Humanitarian Service. In 2016 she was named a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Hawaii.
Jackie was as an army wife for over 20 years, moving frequently while raising four children.