Jackie began serving as interim executive director in July 2022, after having joined HLT as its Land Acquisitions Director in 2014. As interim executive director, she leads HLT by assessing trends, proactively adapting to new challenges, and managing the organization in an efficient way to support an integrated suite of programs that best deliver our mission. Jackie makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees, supports strategic planning efforts, and implements the organization’s goals and policies within an approved budget. In addition to engaging the community from donors and partners to volunteers and elected officials, she raises funds and secures resources to support HLT’s mission. In short, she oversees and ensures the effectiveness of all our program areas, operations and staff.
Jackie will continue handling her previous duties as Director of Land Acquisitions, until a full-time Executive Director is hired. In this role, Jackie identifies parcels of land for possible acquisition based on our Comprehensive Land Preservation Plan and criteria approved by HLT’s trustees, and handles outreach and negotiations with landowners.
She handles the myriad documents related to land acquisition projects. Jackie also applies for and manages grants to support capital projects and land preservation work. Regarding legal matters, she provides advice to board staff as needed, and acts as legal counsel to HLT in land acquisition matters
Jackie received both her undergraduate and law degree from Florida State University. Previously, Jackie practiced law with a private law firm specializing in real estate, where she focused on land acquisition for public projects and real estate project management for governmental entities. She was admitted to practice law in New Jersey in 1994.