Jackie Kaufman, Co-founder and Executive Director of Vaccine Ambassadors, has been involved in health care for over 25 years as a nurse and adult nurse practitioner. Her early clinical specialty areas include cardiothoracic intensive care, emergency room medicine, and organ donation and transplantation.
She practiced clinical care and research with the HIV/AIDS Clinic Trials Group at the University of North Carolina, Division of Infectious Diseases. She also served as Project Coordinator for the CDC funded, Global AIDS Program in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo through the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. She received both her BSN and MN from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Her other public health interest includes efforts to reduce and prevent violence. Over the past decade she has served on several local and state organizations addressing this issue, for which she has received numerous awards.