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Jaclyn Kaiser

Supervising Director
Hometown: Bend, OR

Pronouns : she / her / hers

Driven by empathy and authenticity, Jaclyn looks beyond the data to see the comprehensive story of the people behind it. She has spent the past 20 years as a documentarian and small business owner, cultivating relationships and developing long-term growth and sustainability strategies. Most recently, she developed the database, marketing, and fundraising strategies for the Liberty African American Legacy Memorial, a grassroots campaign to honor the Black members of the community who were buried in mostly unmarked graves. The memorial is designed to further educate the public about the segregation of historic cemeteries and promote the protection and preservation of Black cemeteries throughout the country.
Jaclyn is a member of The Outdoorist Oath, a nonprofit committed to individual action for planet, inclusion, and adventure in the outdoors. Climate change advocacy and inclusion efforts are an integral part of her daily life as she continues to volunteer her time and skills towards local organizations.
In her spare time, Jaclyn thrives when spending time outdoors with her husband, two teenagers, and a dog (who is more like a tame goat). As a cooking enthusiast, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and sharing meals with friends and family. Or you may find her cuddled up on the couch with a cup of tea and a stack of books (usually a mix of insightful memoirs, historical critiques, social or climate justice essays, and unbelievably cheesy young adult fantasy novels).

What is your hidden talent?

I regularly cook delicious dinners and can bake a cake that tastes so good it shocks me every time. I also sometimes think I can communicate with my dog, but that might be a universal truth.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

If I were a punctuation mark, I would be an ellipsis because I tend to adjust my thoughts mid sentence.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Run on sentences are my grammatical pet peeve because I prefer succinct clarity.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Sundays are my favorite time to eat croissants and hike with my family (husband, two kids, and dog). Living in Bend, there are limitless ways to be in nature and I am grateful to be able to explore all the possibilities.

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