Jackie Schmidt-Posner is an educator who has spent her career helping students make connections between their commitments to community engagement and social justice and their academic, personal and career development. Jackie started her educational career at the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in political science and sociology. At UCSB, she chaired the Community Affairs Board and started and co-led a Brownie troop for girls in underserved areas of Santa Barbara.
She received a master's degree in college student development from the Ohio State University. Prior to coming to Stanford, she worked with returning adult students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and as a career counselor and founding director of the Women’s Center at Santa Clara University.
Jackie came to Stanford to pursue a doctoral degree in educational policy and, as a graduate student, found her true passion when she began working as a graduate research assistant at the Public Service Center, which became the Haas Center. She never looked back and spent a fulfilling 22 years with the center. Initially, she was responsible for evaluation and then moved into building the infrastructure for student development, group advising and leadership programs. She directed the Public Service Scholars program and served as associate director and interim executive director before leaving the center in June 2009 to spend a sabbatical year traveling and working internationally.
Now, Jackie supports the work of the center as a senior advisor. In addition, she is an educational consultant and trainer, and professor of practice (Community Engagement) at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.