Jackeline Alers

Senior Project Director

Choice. 

Early in my career, I volunteered for a local economic development entity in a city that was an enclave for Caribbean immigrants which suffered from an economic exodus. That is where I got firsthand experience of how uniting public and private entities can truly bring back vitality. Simultaneously, as a small business owner in the international logistics industry, I joined my local chamber of commerce.  After a few years, I was asked to join the Board of Directors. Following that, I was asked to take the role of Executive Director for the chamber. Chambers provide essential value to businesses and contribute significantly to manifesting economic growth.  Members united can influence policy for the good of cities in which they reside.

Chance.

My efforts did not go unnoticed as I was then recruited to the American Heart Association as their Executive Director and never looked back at the corporate sector. Miracles do happen when you can drive awareness and financial support to those who truly need it. I have been extremely fortunate to work for some of the most prestigious nonprofits, as well as smaller ones  I am grateful when I lay my head at night knowing that I helped families, children, and veterans overcome extreme challenges faced by natural disasters, life threatening illnesses, economic struggles and homelessness. It is equally rewarding when I have raised funds to support giving young adults the opportunity to be the first generation to be able to attend college and universities.

Change.

On a personal note, I have several nonprofit missions that I support. For me, it is imperative that we all try to help people by giving them a hand up.  I support organizations that help the underserved with dignity and respect including housing, workforce development, shelters, and food pantries.  The second mission I support includes organizations that support cancer research and programs. Both my mother and older sister were diagnosed with cancer. They both since have passed, and I volunteer in their memories.

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling

Full Bio

Jackeline has 22 years of business development and donor relations experience within corporate, chambers of commerce, government, and national nonprofit organizations. She has a proven track record of successfully leading the research, planning, implementation, execution, and evaluation of innovative groundbreaking strategic advocacy programs, specializing in diversity outreach and stewardship.

An innovative executive leader, Jackeline achieves  fundraising goals consistently across diverse industries and a variety of nonprofit arenas. She excels in directing creation of outcome-driven approaches while executing local, national, and international outreach.  She is accomplished at strategy initiation and evaluation, as well as building successful teams that elevate awareness and public engagement.

Jackeline has a strong background working with economic development and chamber of commerce organizations and held the role of Executive Director of her local chamber. She has also successfully helped nonprofits serving disaster victims, children, homeless families and veterans, and health causes. Most recently, Jackeline led prospect development, strategy, execution and outreach campaigns with the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Jackeline thrives in working directly with C-Suite executives, major donors, senior public officials and diverse community leaders, securing public-private strategic partnerships to effectively mobilize constituents in diverse communities to surpass expected results.

Summary of Experience

  • Team lead for membership and investor recruitment and retention at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
  • Created customized proposals based on research, and marketing strategies resulting in a $20 million pledge for the Fetal Care Center at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
  • Raised more than $24 million for national victims and $ 4 million for local victims of Hurricane Katrina by managing more than 150 fundraisers in just 45 days as Chief Development Officer for the American Red Cross.
  • Has raised more than $65 million for nonprofits throughout her career.
  • Volunteers at numerous organizations including American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Florida Heart Institute, and YWCA of Miami-Dade.