As an immigrant, I was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2000 I met my husband in Kinshasa while studying theology. A few years later I came to the United States to start my family. Needless to say, coming to the US was a huge culture shock for me. If you haven't already noticed English isn't my first language. (It's my sixth!) In the Congo, community is vital so one of the ways I was able to get over culture shock was to volunteer. Whether it was at church or in my local community I always found a way to give back. That got me started on my road to local politics. 

 

My husband and I are raising three kids here in Sonoma County. For the last six years, we have been living in Rohnert Park’s newly created District 4. All three of our kids are bilingual in French and English having studied at the French American Charter school. We currently have two teenagers at Technology High School.

 

My husband and I are both very pro-labor. I am a CSEA Local 75 member and site representative at the school I work at. My husband is a sixteen year Teamster member and counting. My husband has a long history with the Teamsters. His grandfather was the president of Local 278 in San Francisco and was very engaged in supporting workers. Together we are continuing the fight to keep the legacy that was passed down to us. In 2018, I was elected as a California Democratic Party Delegate for District 3 and participate in weekly meetings that directly affect Rohnert Park. In 2019, I worked together with the Greenbelt Alliance to help pass Measure B protecting Rohnert Park's Urban Growth Boundary until 2040. I am a graduate of Leadership Rohnert Park. I am a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College and am currently studying at Chico State and Central State University. In 2019, I worked together with the Greenbelt Alliance to help pass Measure B protecting Rohnert Park's Urban Growth Boundary until 2040.

 

The love and passion to serve others drew me to create my non-profit Les Enfants Baobab that houses, feeds, and educates street children in Kinshasa. I am also passionate about speaking out for the voiceless. Volunteering and helping others is a big deal for me. For seven years, I volunteered as a chair for my kid's yearbook committee. I also sat on the School Advisory Board for a couple of years. My children and I worked side by side with other volunteers after the fire broke out in 2017. We helped by collecting and giving out food, clothing, and much more in our community.  During Covid-19, I have been helping to distribute food to our peers and encouraging them, along with helping my elderly neighbors with their yard work. Serving others is what I do. I am ready to serve the city of Rohnert Park.

P.O. Box 1772, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

(707) 794-2114 | jackie4citycouncil@gmail.com

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