Jacqueline is a 1984 graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) where she earned a degree in Electrical Engineering. While attending MSOE, Jacqueline co-founded the school’s National Society of Black Engineers/NTA chapter. After graduating, Jacqueline began work as a Sales Engineer for Motorola. She retired in 2009 just shy of 25 years of employment.
Prior to her retirement, Jacqueline held direct and indirect sales management positions at Motorola. Her account base included companies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Midwest and globally. This included manufacturers in diverse markets such as automotive, healthcare, military, contract manufacturing, telecom, factory automation, and avionics.
Jacqueline serves on several community and civic boards in Milwaukee. She currently serves as board chair of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and co-chair of Milwaukee Succeeds. She is past board chair of the Marcus Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Urban League, Rotary Club of Milwaukee, SaintA and MSOE Alumni Association boards. She is a current board member of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marcus Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, SaintA, MSOE Corporate Board, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, Black Arts MKE, Black Arts Fest MKE, and the University of Wisconsin School of Education Board of Visitors. She also served as 2016 Campaign Co-Chair of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.
Jackie is a 2006 inductee into the Milwaukee School of Engineering Wall of Fame, 2020 Professional Dimensions Sacagawea Trailblazer Award, 2019 Youth Frontiers Leader of Character Awardee, 2018 Milwaukee School of Engineering Honorary Doctor of Engineering, 2017 Education Dean’s Champion of Education Award, 2016 Milwaukee Public Schools Excellence in Education Award, 2015 Fellowship Open Community Volunteer Honoree, 2014 Milwaukee Business Journal Woman of Influence, and 2013 Milwaukee Urban League Unity Award Honoree. She is also a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Milwaukee Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and Girl Friends Inc.
Jackie is married to Michael Barber, General Electric Chief Diversity Officer. They have two children, Lauren, Chief Resident, Hospital for Special Surgery and Justin, a Hardware Production Team Leader for Cytiva.