Jacqueline Burton is a grants officer on the Just Cities and Regions team within the foundation's Cities and States program. She joined Ford in 2014 to develop and manage its first cross-program, place-based grant-making strategies in New Orleans and New York, where she and colleagues work to support civic engagement, affordable housing, and economic opportunity. She has also worked with many of Ford's offices to empower civil society voices to engage in the process for developing the UN’s global framework for development. More recently, Jackie has been working to support an equitable recovery in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. She serves as a steering committee member of the Funders Forum for Sustainable Cities, is a founding board member of the Greater New Orleans Funders Network (GNOFN), and is the co-chair of GNOFN’s Equitable Development Action Table.
Prior to joining Ford, Jackie worked as a teacher in post-Katrina New Orleans, an intern at UN-Habitat, and in historic preservation in Albany, New York. She has a master's degree in urban planning and international development policy from NYU Wagner, and a bachelor's in urban studies and planning from the University at Albany.