Jacqueline Easley McGhee


Jacqueline Easley McGhee, a native of Des Moines, is a model of leadership and service. Whether serving in the capacity of corporate executive, civic leader, or elected representative, McGhee is committed to making Iowa a better place for all, particularly for women and minorities.

McGhee was elected to the Des Moines School Board in 1990 and was the first African American female to hold such a post. In 1994, she was elected by her fellow board members as president. McGhee has been appointed to serve on the national diversity committee of the American Heart Association as well as the Central Iowa Workforce Investment Board, Terrace Hill Commission, Drake University Board of Trustees, and the City of Des Moines Planning and Zoning Commission. She is an active member and leader of many community organizations including I'll Make Me a World In Iowa, Greater Des Moines Partnership's Diversity Council, and has served as president of the YWCA of Greater Des Moines. She has been honored by numerous organizations with awards such as the Des Moines Business Record Woman of Influence, the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award, the Des Moines Citizen of the Year and the Iowa Junior Chamber of Commerce's Iowan of the Year.

McGhee was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2011.