Program Officer for Revitalization Services
Jackie Swihart serves as a Program Officer for Revitalization Services. She is responsible for delivering and expanding the reach of our technical assistance and consulting services to our network of Coordinating Programs, communities, and other partners across the country.
Jackie is a former educator and public servant with a passion for people, place, and history. Prior to joining Main Street America, Jackie served as a Deputy Director for the State of Indiana Archives and Records Administration. As part of the executive team, Jackie provided leadership to three agency divisions: the State’s Imaging and Microfilm Lab, Records Center, and Forms Management. During her tenure, Jackie effectively strengthened teams, staff, and strategy through an individualistic yet collaborative approach.
Previously, Jackie worked for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs as the Indiana Main Street Coordinator and Historic Renovation Grant Program Manager. As a Coordinator, she successfully organized and led the implementation of rebuilding Indiana’s coordinating program. This process included the development of new program levels and bolstering alignment between local programs, Indiana Main Street, and Main Street America. Jackie also revamped the Historic Renovation Grant Program to be a competitive award that emphasizes partnership, downtown development, and community engagement.
Jackie has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education Social Studies from Indiana University South Bend and started her career in Education as a high school teacher. She holds a master’s degree in Public History from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and was selected as one of IUPUI’s Elite 50 graduate and professional students. Her academic research focuses on women’s history and has received recognition through the Robert Barrows History Graduate Student Paper Scholarship and the Anne Donchin Women’s Studies Graduate Research Contest. Staying true to her education roots, Jackie has regularly taught at the University of Indianapolis as an Adjunct Professor and considers herself to be a lifelong learner.
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