Jackie Odum is a Research Associate for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress. Born and raised in South Texas, she graduated cum laude from the University of Texas—Pan American, or UTPA, with a bachelor of arts in political science and a concentration in legal studies. One of her most rewarding experiences throughout her undergraduate career was her service on the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, a legal diversity initiative sponsored by the American Bar Association. Jackie has been recognized as a South Texas Academic Rising Scholar and a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholar. She has also had experience as a legal intern for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, the Hidalgo County Bar Association, and the chief legal officer of UTPA.
Jackie spent her final semester at UTPA as a participant in the Bill Archer Fellowship Program. During her time as an Archer Fellow, she interned for Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress.