THE WHITE HOUSE
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July 25, 2014
White House and USDA to Honor “Champions of Change” for Agriculture
Jackie Francke is a member of the Navajo Nation and is vice president of programs and administration at First Nations Development Institute. She is responsible for oversight and management of all program initiatives as well as the organization's long-term and day-to-day administrative functions.
Jackie first joined First Nations as a senior projects officer, providing technical assistance and training to First Nations’ grantees in the areas of program management, development and evaluation, and she supported the coordination, facilitation and implementation of the nonprofit capacity-building program.
Prior to joining First Nations, Jackie spent 11 years as president of Geotechnika, Inc., which provided products and consultancy in the areas of geo-environmental monitoring, energy efficiency and renewable energy development to large federal agencies, tribal organizations, corporate entities, and nonprofit organizations. As a technical consultant, she assisted tribal organizations and communities with program development, implementation, and management for tribal programs, projects, and grants.
With a background in mining engineering, Jackie spent 10 years with Westinghouse Electric Corporation as a senior engineer, with responsibilities that included maintaining processes, data collection, analysis, and reporting instrumentation systems under the guidelines of federal and state environmental oversight.
Jackie has a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. In March 2016, Jackie was appointed to the USDA Regional Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (RTCAC) for the West Region, as a representative for Native organizations working in the area of conservation.