Jacqueline Phan, mostly known as “Jackie” or “Miss Jackie” to friends and colleagues, is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Empowerment, Northern Virginia (CENV). She is the keeper of the vision; providing leadership in the development of the organization’s services. Jackie’s personal life and professional experiences have contributed to her motivation to develop multifaceted mentoring services for young people. Having experienced a difficult childhood herself, Jackie benefited from having strong adult role models outside her own home. Jackie is committed to working cooperatively with public agencies, community organizations, and local businesses to develop a network of services that ensure all youth and their families have opportunities for personal, educational and cultural enrichment. A strong belief in community-based services, geared towards helping families in need become the best they can be, prompted Jackie to form an organization that not only guides and inspires families, but also connects them to other services in the community based upon identified needs. Having worked in both public and private social services for many years, Jackie has a broad range of experience working with youth and their families about the key issues that our youth face today.
Jacqueline Phan has worked for Reston Interfaith in Reston, Virginia as a Community Organizer and Services Coordinator from 2007-2012. Prior to joining Reston Interfaith, she worked as a family support specialist for Baltimore County Department of Social Services where she was voted as the Baltimore County Woman of the Year in 2000. Jackie has received numerous awards and citations over the years for her work with youth and families in Nebraska, Maryland, and Virginia.