Jackie Love-Baker, Director of Development, is an attorney turned fundraising specialist. She works closely with Principal Sandi Logan and the Board of Directors of the Ellington Fund in manage all aspects of fundraising — including grants, donors, annual benefit, and fundraising-related communications, outreach, and branding — on behalf of Ellington Fund and Duke Ellington School of Arts.
Previously, Jackie served as the Director of the YWCA of San Diego’s Legal Advocacy Program for 13 years where she advocated on behalf of domestic violence victims and immigrants and expanded the program to include Mobile Clinics with a grant from the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. The Mobile Clinics program was recognized as a best practice in a congressional report and has continued to receive federal support since the first award in the early 2000’s. Most recently, she served as the Director of Development for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project where she managed nearly one million dollars in grants annually (doubling the grant portfolio during her tenure), managed donor giving, implemented separate donor and client management systems, developed and implemented an online donation system, website, communications and outreach plan, and coordinated the annual benefit and sponsorship raising $500,000 on average each year and including speakers such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Connie Britton, actress, Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff, former Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and former Vice President Joe Biden (now President of the United States).
Jackie has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California at San Diego and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego. She is a licensed attorney in the District, in California (inactive), and with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.