Jackie Norris

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Jackie Norris (born 1970) is the current Executive Director of the Points of Light Corporate Institute. She was born in Ossining, New York, and received her undergraduate education at SUNY College at Geneseo in 1992, her secondary teaching certification in 2001 from Iowa State University and a Masters in Political Science from Iowa State University in 2008. As Executive Director of the Corporate Institute, she oversees corporate strategy development and employee engagement programs for several Fortune 500 companies. The Corporate Institute also includes the Center for Employee Volunteerism, the Corporate Service Council and the Corporate Volunteer Council Network. Norris is based in the Points of Light’s Washington, D.C. office. She also serves on the Leadership Council for the Impact Center and is a member of the U.S. Commission on Presidential Scholars.

As the Executive Director she oversees leads the corporate strategy and employee engagement programs. She is based in the Washington, D.C. office and reports to the Civic Incubator. She also serves on the Leadership Council for the Impact Center and is a member of the U.S. Commission on Presidential Scholars.


Norris began her career in the office of Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) in 1992. She later served as Vice President Al Gore’s scheduler and events planner and as Director of Scheduling and Advance for HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo. In 1998, Norris served as finance director for Governor Tom Vilsack’s gubernatorial campaign in Iowa and as Iowa state political director on Al Gore’s 2000 Presidential campaign. In 2002, Norris became a classroom teacher for history and government at three high schools in Perry, Ames and Johnston, Iowa, after receiving her secondary education teacher certification from Iowa State University. She is the 2005 award recipient of the James Madison Fellowship, which is awarded to individuals with a desire to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary level. Norris recently stepped down from her 2 year tenure as an adjunct professor at American University. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Norris was President Barack Obama's Iowa State Director after being his Iowa Senior Advisor during the caucus campaign. Norris served as First Lady Michelle Obama's White House Chief of Staff. In that role she helped to develop a strategic plan to address the issues the First Lady supports, including healthy eating, national service, military families, and women in the workplace. Norris later served as Senior Advisor to the CEO at the Corporation for National and Community Service, to advance the Administration’s work on national and community service and support the implementation of the Serve America Act Norris is married to John R. Norris, Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and has three children – Hunter, 9; Cole, 9 and Sam, 6.


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