Jackie Payne is the Director of Move to End Violence. Jackie began her career in post-apartheid South Africa, working on issues related to gender equality, women’s health, and economic empowerment. In 1997, Jackie became staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, covering a range of matters, including domestic and sexual violence, public benefits, housing, and consumer protection. Jackie then joined the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund in Washington, D.C., where she led a national coalition of community-based organizations dedicated to addressing the gendered-roots of poverty in America. Jackie also chaired the national coalition to end domestic and sexual violence and helped lead the successful campaign to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. During this time, Jackie also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching Gender, Equality, and the Law.
In 2003, Jackie was recruited by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to run its 50-state advocacy program. In this role, Jackie set the Federation’s state policy agenda and enhanced the capacity of the 100-plus affiliates to engage in effective advocacy. In 2006, Jackie was promoted to Director of Government Relations, taking over responsibility for the entirety of the Federation’s state, federal, and international policy work. She left the Federation in 2009 to undertake this initiative for the NoVo Foundation.
Jackie received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School. She is a trustee of the Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation and serves on the board of the Women’s Funding Alliance.