Jacquelyn was born in Camp Lejune, North Carolina into a military family. She was one of seven. Her family was stationed in Hawaii, California, South Carolina and Virginia. Boston became her home in 1972 when she arrived to attend Bentley College. Later she met her Husband Earl Fitzhugh, a southern boy who attended Harvard. They married and raised four wonderful children. In her own words, Jacquelyn describes herself: "I feel I have always been an activist. Protesting unjust selection of representatives during my high school years to advocating for more teachers of color in the Cambridge school system. I have served as the Educational chair of the Cambridge NAACP as well as working for Medford Citizens for Diversity to address the lack of understanding and representation of people of color in their public school system." Jacquelyn moved to Lynn in 1998. Finding very little representation of people of color in the school system, she chose to homeschool her children except for the eldest. Those who were homeschooled went on to college. She has also been an entrepreneur most of her adult life. Ms Cellaneous Speciality Foods Inc was a business she owned for ten years. Specializing in all natural salad dressings and marinades. One of her products won best new product at the Boston Food show.
"I am currently channeling my creative energy into pottery. It is my therapy. I love the process ; from mud to dove is what I call it as I see a ball of clay transformed into a useful object. My community involvement is extensive from working on political campaigns to serving as VP for North Shore Juneteenth Association as well as helping with the food pantry at my church.Serving to make the community I live in a better community because I lived there is my modus operandus. Being given the honor to serve as NLC Vice President along with Jeff, Tish, Bob, Paul,Maria and the wonderful staff has given me the opportunity to continue serving my community in a dynamic way. Serving where I can."