April 7, 2022
The contributions of Jacquelynn “Jackie” Hawthorne are well known throughout South Los Angeles. A longtime public servant, Hawthorne has devoted decades to giving her time and talents to improve her community.
Her years of volunteer service were rewarded on April 2, when Assemblymember Isaac Bryan (D-Baldwin Hills) hosted a surprise event to announce his selection of Hawthorne as the 2022 Woman of the Year representing the 54th Assembly District.
Believing that she was attending a celebration for her daughter, Hawthorne was stunned to be greeted by Bryan and scores of admirers as she entered the room. Elected officials, community leaders, colleagues and friends came out to salute Hawthorne for her commitment and activism in the social justice and human rights arena.
“We deeply appreciate the legacy of leaders like Jackie Hawthorne, who have given so much to uplift our community,” said Bryan.
Professionally, Hawthorne worked 28 years for L.A. County where she retired as chief of the agency’s Health Care Systems Development Division. In this capacity, she directed project managers in designing, implementing and maintaining online systems for the county’s Health Services, Mental Health and Public Health Departments.
Also, she served as past president of the Los Angeles African American Political Action Committee and United Methodist Ministries – L.A. District as well as on the boards of Vision for Voices and Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute. In addition to her active involvement in several nonprofit and political groups, Hawthorne serves on the City of Los Angeles Commission on Community and Family Services.
A woman of deep faith, Hawthorne’s favorite scripture reveals her inspiration for “giving back.” As she quickly responds if asked, Micah 6:8 – “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God” – is Hawthorne’s guide.