Jacqueline Burbank

Background: Jacqueline joined the National Foster Youth Institute in 2021 as the Communications Director. She oversees the Institute’s traditional and digital communications, facilitates media relations, and works to place the voices of former foster youth front and center in discussions about child welfare reform.

As an orphan, Jacqueline’s first hand experience of the child welfare system gives her a unique perspective on the issues NFYI tackles. Before joining NFYI, Jacqueline spent more than a decade working in advocacy, outreach, and communications for nonprofit organizations— including the L.A. LGBT Center and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Her work on statewide initiative campaigns provided her with the opportunity to work directly with inspiring leaders such as Sen. Bernie Sanders and Dr. Cornel West on a variety of issues from racial justice to health care reform.

Jacqueline is a proud, lifelong Angeleno and a product of the California community college educational system. She holds an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Santa Monica College, where she served as Vice President of the LGBTQ Alliance and President of the Speech and Debate Club. Jacqueline is the first in her family to obtain a college degree and is now hard at work on her next one.


Why you like working at NFYI: The mission; this is the work Jacqueline has always dreamed of doing.

Passions/Hobbies/Aspirations: Jacqueline spends her free time everywhere from museums to mosh pits, but can usually be found curled up with a pile of books and a fluffy cat.

Fun personal fact: Jacqueline is a former roller derby skater for the San Fernando Valley flat track roller derby league.

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