Jacqueline Reynoso, CEO & President
National City Chamber of Commerce
Having been surrounded by gang violence and poverty growing up, Jacqueline Reynoso shows that that education and hard work can bring unlimited opportunity for Latina women.
Jacqueline Reynoso grew up in National City as a first generation Mexican-American amongst gang wars and in an economically challenged environment. Despite the challenges around her, she was able to succeed academically, especially with the support of her parents. In 1998, she graduated as the Valedictorian of Point Loma High School. From there, she went on to the University of California, Berkeley as a Gates Millennium Scholar, and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A in Psychology and Public Policy. In 2006, she received a Masters in Public Finance and Public Policy from Harvard.
After her years of educational accomplishments, Jacqueline has held positions in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors in education, science and technology, law, state and local government and economic development, banking, and business development. She worked for the Centre City Development Corporation in affordable housing and community development. She went on to work as the Manager of Board and Investor Relations for Promerica Bank in Los Angeles.
In 2008, Jacqueline returned to her hometown of National City, this time as the CEO of the National City Chamber of Commerce, becoming the youngest chief executive the chamber ever had. In this role, she oversees programs, planning, and operations, and is committed to promoting business growth and job creation. Jacqueline established a new signature mariachi event and has introduced programs with the purpose of bringing awareness to environmental issues.