Jacqueline Easley McGhee
"Jacuqie's work has inspired, cajoled, challenged,
and improved the lives of women in our state."
Joseph Nolte, 2011
Jacqueline Easley McGhee, a native of Des Moines, is a dynamo.
Whether serving in the capacity of corporate executive, civic
leader, or elected representative, McGhee’s passion,
commitment and action toward making Iowa a better place for
all, particularly women and minorities, are felt broad and
wide. She was elected to the Des Moines School Board in 1990
and was the first African-American female to hold such a post.
In 1994, she was elected by her fellow board members as president.
McGhee’s vigilant commitment to diversity, as both a
professional and community member have positively impacted
central Iowa. McGhee has been appointed to serve on the national
diversity committee of the American Heart Association, Central
Iowa Workforce Investment Board, Terrace Hill Commission,
Drake University Board of Trustees, and the City of Des Moines
Planning and Zoning Commission. She is an active member and
leader of many community organizations, including I’ll
Make Me a World In Iowa, Greater Des Moines Partnership’s
Diversity Council, and has served as president of YWCA of
Greater Des Moines. She has been honored by numerous organizations
with awards such as Des Moines Business Record Woman of Influence,
YWCA Woman of Achievement, Des Moines Citizen of the Year
and Iowa Junior Chamber of Commerce’s Iowan of the Year.
McGhee was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in