Jackie Cornelius served as executive director of fine arts for the Duval County School District serving over 124,000 students in Jacksonville, FL, and also served as principal of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA). She has served as a nationally recognized arts education advocate and presenter for decades. Over the years, Jackie has spearheaded numerous financial campaigns to underwrite critically needed arts funding. One such campaign successfully netted over $13 million in state funding for DA, while another secured a half million in private funding for the purchase of arts instruments, equipment, and guest artist programs. Jackie is an active community participant, with past service as a trustee for the Jacksonville Community Music School, a board member of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, and a member of Jacksonville's Public Arts Commission Board of Directors. She is a Downtown Jacksonville Rotary member and Leadership Jacksonville Alumni, '92. Jackie has served on numerous arts and community boards: the Jacksonville Women's Network, the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, the Gateway Girl Scout Council, the Mayor's Insight Committee, the Jacksonville Symphony Education Committee, and Youth Leadership Jacksonville. She is a past president of Uptown Civitans, First Coast Business & Professional Women's Club, and the Arts Schools Network, and is a past director of the BPW Florida Education Foundation.
Photo by Laura Evans.