Jacquie Hart, Global CEO
Jacquie Hart joined Starlight as its Global CEO in 2010, and leads the charity with a charismatic blend of strategic leadership, business acumen, philanthropic experience and a deep and abiding love for children. She heads up a team of dedicated professionals who are transforming the more than 30-year-old charity into a worldwide innovator through state-of-the-art technologies and a vision for global expansion.
Under Jacquie’s transformational direction, Starlight has realigned its portfolio of programs and services to provide meaningful, point-of-care support to kids and families across a wide spectrum of health needs and all along the continuum of care, from hospital to home. Starlight today is a trusted partner for facilities committed to improving the life and health of kids and families all around the world.
Prior to Starlight, Jacquie spent 22 years in the financial sector in roles that included Division General Manager at Household International/HSBC in Chicago, Senior Vice President/Group Head at Wells Fargo in San Francisco and Senior Vice President at Neuberger Berman in New York. She led more than 1,000 FTE, $40 million in budgets and nearly $30 billion in assets under advisement.
Jacquie's philanthropic work includes more than two decades of experience as a funder with corporate and community foundations and she has spent decades serving on non-profit boards and volunteering with organizations whose missions have a strong focus on health, education, women and children.
Jacquie holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in international political economy from UC Berkeley. She later earned an executive MBA in global management and a doctorate in organizational leadership with an international cohort. Additionally, she holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy and a Certificate in Positive Business and Society Change from Case Western Reserve University.
Born overseas, Jacquie and her family immigrated to the United States when she was still a young girl. Fortified by childhood memories of being on the playground bereft of English language skills, Jacquie developed a lifelong love of learning. Jacquie credits these experiences along with the indelible influences of many role models and mentors throughout her life as the guiding force for her passionate commitment to the non-profit sector.