Councilwoman Jacqueline A. Gordon was born in Jamaica, West Indies and migrated to this country with her family when she was 7 years old. She grew up in Queens, NY where she attended public schools. After high school, Jackie attended the City University of New York’s Hunter College graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education. In 1997, Councilwoman Gordon completed her Master of ScienceCounselor Education at Queens College. Immediately upon graduation, Jackie was offered and accepted her current position as a Guidance Counselor at Wilson Technological Center in Farmingdale. In June 2006, Jackie received her professional diploma in Educational Leadership from Queens College. This is her 29th year in education.
Army Reserves Career
In 1984, Jackie enlisted in the United States Army Reserves, with the rank of Private First Class, and worked her way up to Lieutenant Colonel, which she received in December 2007. She has been deployed four times, including Desert Storm (Germany) 1990, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 2002, Baghdad, Iraq 2003, and Afghanistan 2012. From 2005-2011, Jackie was a member of Congressman Steve Israel’s Service Academy Nomination Committee while residing in his district. Jackie has retired from the Army Reserves as of June 2014.
Jackie’s commitment to service does not stop professionally. While her children were in school she was an active member of her community. She had been a member of the PTA during her children’s tenure in school. Jackie has also served on the Shared Decision Making team in each of the schools her children attended. Jackie is the former president and secretary of the Copiague Sports Booster Club and was also a Girl Scout leader. She is very involved in the organizations within the school in which she works. She has sat on the Shared Decision Making team at Wilson Technological Center. Jackie also serves on the executive board and the scholarship committee for the Association of Long Island Vocational Educators (ALIVE) and is a member of Skills USA, a student organization. Jackie is also very involved in many other organizations, such as:
· Parent Leadership Initiative of the Town of Babylon, Steering Committee
· Reserve Officers Association
· Western Suffolk Counselor’s Association
· Veterans of Foreign Wars
As town councilwoman, Jackie has initiated and served as chair to many committees and new programs. Currently, Councilwoman Gordon serves as the chair of the Ujima Summer Minority Internship Program, the chairperson of the Veterans Museum Project located in Lindenhurst, NY, the chairperson of the Town of Babylon Beautification Committee, and the chairperson of the Town of Babylon Veterans Advisory Council. Jackie hosts successful blood drives at Town Hall three times per year in an effort to encourage town employees to donate blood to Long Island Blood Services. Councilwoman Gordon also initiated a donation program of cell phones and eyeglasses. The cell phones are donated to the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk and the eyeglasses are donated to the needy in developing countries through the Give the Gift of Sight program.
As a Veteran with 29 years of service in the Army Reserves, Councilwoman Gordon knows firsthand the needs of injured service men and women. She has and will continue to collaborate with the Wounded Warrior Project to raise the awareness and enlist public aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women to provide unique, direct programs, and services to meet their needs.
Jackie also serves her community as a 2008 member of the Suffolk County Charter Commission and was a member of the Nominating Committee for the Girl Scouts of America, Suffolk County Board of Directors 2008-2010. As of March 2010, Jackie now resides on the board of Girl Scouts of America, Suffolk County.
Jackie is a member of Energeia class 2009. The Energeia Partnership is a leadership academy dedicated to identifying and addressing the serious, complex and multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island region.
As of May 2015, Jackie was appointed to the Hunter College Alumni Association Board of Directors as a member.
In 2013, Councilwoman Gordon has been honored on three separate occasions for her remarkable accomplishments. In April, she was inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame as a notable Alumni of the school. On May 3rd, Councilwoman Gordon was named a “Home Town Hero” by the Town of Babylon City Employees Union Local 237 for her service, both within the community and abroad. A ceremony was held to mark the occasion, with Jackie’s friends, family members and colleagues in attendance. Councilwoman Gordon was also recently named as a “Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Senate in acknowledgement of her many years of public service, as well as for her dedication to her community. In June 2014, Jackie was honored by Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino at the 9th Assembly District Women of Distinction ceremony. In February 2016, Jackie was chosen as "One of Suffolk County's Most Prominent African American Leaders."
Councilwoman Gordon has two children. She resides in the Hamlet of Copiague with her son Augustus. Her daughter, Kerrianne, is a Capt in the United States Air Force stationed at Robins AFB, GA.