Biography of Jacqueline Jacobs Caster, President and Founder of the Everychild Foundation
In 2000, Jacqueline Jacobs Caster founded the Everychild Foundation, which she has headed since its formation on a completely volunteer basis. The grant making organization’s mission is to ease suffering of Los Angeles-area children, whether due to disease, disability, abuse, neglect or poverty.
The group is comprised of over 200 Los Angeles women who each contribute $5,000 annually. The dollars are pooled, and the organization makes a single $1 million grant in the community each year f to fund a new innovative project serving a critical unmet need of local children.
Jacqueline is personally engaged in juvenile justice reform work and is a member of the Los Angeles County Probation Commission which monitors juvenile incarceration facilities.
She was also integrally involved in convincing Los Angeles County officials to adopt the Missouri Model approach of restorative juvenile justice and helped persuade the Los Angeles Police Department to launch a new youth diversion program. It provides a fresh start for eligible youth offenders in lieu of adjudication if they participate in a therapeutic program and victim-offender mediation. As a result, the program has expanded countrywide.
Jacqueline earned her B.A. from Pomona College, her Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. After practicing real estate law with Loeb and Loeb in Los Angeles in the mid-80s, she moved into the field of urban redevelopment, spending several years with Disney Development Company. She later headed her own consulting firm for over a decade performing economic feasibility studies for clients including Fortune 500 companies, municipalities and cultural institutions.
She currently serves on the board of The Campaign for Youth Justice in Washington, D.C., as well as on the Advisory Boards of Safe Place for Youth, The Blue Heron Foundation, The Westside Food Bank, Team Prime Time and The Women’s Foundation in the United Kingdom.
Jacqueline has received numerous recognitions for her work, including being named 2017 Woman of the Year for California’s 26th State Senatorial District by Senator Ben Allen. She also received the inaugural Sister Janet Harris Award from Loyola Law School for her juvenile justice advocacy, the Momentum Award from the Women’s Foundation of California, as well as the Nancy M. Daly Advocacy Award from the National Child Labor Committee, the Nancy M. Daly Founder’s Award from United Friends of the Children for her commitment to children’s causes and the Silver Shingle Award from Boston University School of Law for her service to the community.
She and her husband, Andrew, are the proud parents of two adult children.