As the Women’s Refugee Commission’s senior director, gender and strategy, Jacqueline Hart leads the organization’s strategic focus on gender equality and social inclusion.
Jacqueline is a feminist sociologist who has been working on issues of gender equality and gender-transformative change for more than 20 years. Before joining WRC in 2019, she was a member of the executive leadership of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a $40 million international human rights grant-making and advocacy organization. Among her contributions while at AJWS, she was the executive team lead on the creation of the strategic plan, co-created a field-leading feminist strategy on child, early, and forced marriage, and co-authored with the International Development Research Centre of the Canadian government a foundational paper on feminist research for gender-transformative change. Prior to this role, she was on the graduate faculty of the health advocacy program at Sarah Lawrence College, the director of research at Planned Parenthood of NYC, and a consultant for The Solidarity Center and the World Bank.
Jacqueline completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.