Jacquetta Van Zandt
Jacquetta Van Zandt is the Vice President of Engagement and Mobilization at the Partnership, Inc. Jacquetta is responsible for building, coordinating, and maintaining strategic relationships across the civic, political and business sectors. In this role, The Vice President manages long-term strategic thinking regarding the Partnership’s relationships in order to build systemic and sustainable influence in furtherance of the organization’s mission.
Prior to joining The Partnership, Inc, Van Zandt honed a political skill set on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as well as various state and federal campaigns, Jacquetta has been a respected voice at the table to aid in making significant decisions that impact communities of color.
A highly sought-after political strategist, with a special focus on public policy and diversity initiatives, her desire to bring about equal opportunities for women of color has brought her back to Massachusetts. Her goal towards making an impact on her community and to bring important issues to light such as wage inequality, financial literacy, socioeconomic development, women’s empowerment, and diversifying the legislature are at the heart of today’s most important issues. She was instrumental force on many campaigns including the successful campaign of Framingham’s first Mayor and only popularly elected woman of color to that post.
Van Zandt along with Lori Lennon launched a growing and popular zoom-cast/podcast called “Politics and Prosecco”. Politics and Prosecco is a one-hour show where guests and hosts engage in topics surrounding current events and its impact on everyday life.
Born and raised in Boston, MA, Van Zandt graduated from Mount Ida College (now part of the UMASS education system) with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She resides in Roxbury, MA. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, The Links, Inc. and holds Board positions with Common Cause, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and is the President of the Young Professionals Network.