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 2011.