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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas in a blue-collar family, Jacquelyn Morrison was taught the
importance of hard work and respect for others from an early age. Her father, a truck driver and
small business owner, frequently came home with stories of the working-class folks he met
while traveling the country, the morals of which nearly always underscored the value of a solid
work ethic and the ability to overcome challenges despite all odds. Jacquelyn’s mother – her
greatest inspiration – showed young Jacquelyn by her example that, with a strong dedication to
personal development and unwavering perseverance, one could work her way up from an entry-
level data clerk to a master computer programmer. These core values – along with her own
high-quality public school education – are what inspired Jacquelyn to become the first in her
family to graduate college and ultimately earn her juris doctorate from the Georgetown
University Law Center.


Having chosen Omaha from a list of “Best Places to Raise a Family,” Jacquelyn and her husband,
Chris, were drawn to Omaha’s midwestern hospitality, high quality of life, and prosperous
economy. An assistant public defender for Douglas County for over 4 years, Jacquelyn currently
works as a tax attorney with the State of Nebraska, and Chris is finishing up his last year of
dental school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. They are proud to have made their
home in the Morton Meadows neighborhood, where their two young daughters, Kaitlyn and
Leila, (and their black Labrador Retriever, Molly!) enjoy an amazing upbringing with great
neighbors, good parks, and a caring community.


Jacquelyn may be new to campaigning for an elected position, but she has always served as a
child advocate, no matter the community or the capacity. During her undergraduate career in
Washington D.C., Jacquelyn worked as an AmeriCorps tutor who helped elementary students in
D.C. Public Schools overcome barriers to learning and succeed in their studies. After college, she
mentored at-risk teenagers involved in the criminal justice system. In law school, she interned
with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
(OJJDP), where she assisted with the formation of the National Taskforce on Children Exposed to
Violence.


Motherhood heightened Jacquelyn’s desire to serve area families even more by focusing on
early childhood education issues. As a parent member of the Board at Head Start in Washington,
Jacquelyn lent her voice to improve opportunities for the District’s parents, teachers, and
children. Bringing to Omaha her dedication to education, Jacquelyn most recently served on the
Board at Montessori Co-op School, where she supervised and managed the school's finances
and operating budget. She is currently a member of the Nebraska Crime Commission’s Office of
Violence Prevention, and she has also served as a mentor with Girls, Inc.’s Bold Futures
Mentoring Program.


As a working mom in the legal profession, Jacquelyn has seen the best that Omaha has to
offer…and some key areas for improvement. While exploring the underlying issues that plagued
many of her clients, she consistently came back to the importance of quality education for our
local youth. Once again, Jacquelyn is called to advocate for the children in her community by
announcing her candidacy for her Subdistrict’s seat on the Omaha Public Schools’ Board of
Education. With your support, Jacquelyn can make OPS Nebraska’s strongest school district in
which all children can thrive.

 

 

  

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