As Executive Director and Managing Partner of Knight Owl Communications, Jacqueline has developed a strong background in public and community relations, promotions, advertising and marketing. She has been creating, planning, and managing events for more than 20 years. A freelance writer/journalist, Jacqui she has been highly active and deeply involved in the Tampa Bay area community as well as in West Central Florida activities. She has established an array of media, community, corporate, and government contacts on local, regional, national and international levels. She is intelligent, artistic and self-motivated.
With more than 27 years experience in music and entertainment, she has produced many projects including “LifeFest 1996”, a fundraiser for pediatric HIV/AIDS; The Art of Jazz, a series of Jazz concerts to benefit Tampa Bay area art museums; the International Jazz Hall of Fames Awards and Induction Ceremony, which featured Steve Allen, Al Jarreau, Wynton Marsalis, George Wein (founder, New Port Jazz Festival), James Moody, the Count Basie Orchestra, Lionel Hampton among many other national and internationally-known Jazz musicians; a Young Journalists scholarship competition for Urban Business Magazine; Hog Wild: Ride for Life, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle ride to benefit the Tampa AIDS Network, The Spirit of Tampa Bay Gospel Series for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and the Super Bowl Gospel Extravaganza, featuring Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Kurt Carr, Javen Campbell, DeLeon Sheffield and a surprise guest appearance by R. Kelly. Among celebrity faces in the crowd were Deion Sanders, rapper Jay-Z, Star Jones, and Los Angeles Dodger Gary Sheffield, whose wife opened for Franklin, and players from both Superbowl Teams. She has also produced a variety concerts including (Anointed and Third Day as well as press conferences, product launches, parties, dinners, award presentations, fashion shows and trade conferences.
A writer for more than 30 years, she is an accomplished ghostwriter for several authors and has been a tour publicist for three Miss America’s and more than 14 authors.
She is former board member of the Tampa Children’s Museum, the Builder’s Association of Greater Tampa’s government and media relations committees, We Care Services, Inc., and the University of Tampa. She served four years as a board member for First Night Tampa Bay, an alcohol-free arts festival held on New Year’s Eve; two years as Media Advisor for CommUnity, the anti-racism campaign created by former Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman; one year as Public Relations Chairperson, under former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Hall of Famer, LeRoy Selmon, for the InnerCity Basketball Classic.
She has served as an advocate and speaker for the American Heart Association’s “Search Your Heart” program and it’s “Go Red for Women” campaign as well as A Clean and Sober World, Cover the Uninsured, We Care Services, and Operation: Open Hearts. She has spoken in Black churches throughout the Southeast about the connection between obesity, diabetes, heart disease and strokes; health care for the uninsured and social services for the elderly, disabled and recently released felons.
Jacqueline has been Assistant Campaign Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for Sylvia Kimbell’s final run for Hillsborough County Commissioner, and has worked on the campaigns of State Representative Les Miller, State Representative Rudy Bradlee and Tampa Mayor Dick Greco as well as political advisor for the Campaign of Joseph Krall for Mayor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Campaign Manager for Scott Cowan for Parliament, and has consulted in training church staff in government, public and community relations in Canada. She also ran for Hillsborough County Commissioner, taking 1/3 of the vote as an unknown “newcomer.”
She was a very active participant in the Urban League’s TRUST program for youth “at risk”, and a member of the Education Committee, the Juvenile Justice Council, and the Symposium on Race Relations. She is a current regular on WEDU’s political talk forum, Florida This Week, and is often invited as a public speaker at a variety of business and community events throughout the year.
From 1983–1984, Ms. Knight worked in the PR department of Miramax Films.
From 1984-1992, Ms. Knight worked as an Account Executive for The Rowland Company Public Relations in New York City.
From 1987-present, Freelance PR Consultant, writer and owner of Knight Owl Communications working for a variety of corporate and individual clients.
From 1995-1997, as Director of Plan Communications and Education for UltraMedix Health Care Systems, she created and administered community and public relations programs and public health education under the program name UltraVision 2000, as well as being responsible for the corporate training and employee education programs.
Components included developing an internship program with USF’s College’s of Public Health and its Nursing that ministered to the community by providing health education seminars and workshops in a twelve county area; organizing and managing community health fairs, immunization programs, and corporate participation with the non-profit healthcare arena i.e., The American Heart Association, Hillsborough County Medical Association, the Tampa Urban League, etc. She has editor of both the Avenue and Urban Business Magazines, and has freelanced for The German News and Black Hair Care and Beauty Magazines, the Christian Voice, and Charisma Magazine as well as a variety of other publications.
From 2003–2007, Ms. Knight was also the managing partner for Big Pink Services, Inc., a landscaping and construction services firm that specializes in hiring and training homeless persons to re-introduce them into the work force.
From 2003 to 2006 Ms. Knight was Interim Executive Director of We Care Services, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides no-cost home health care to those in need who have inadequate or no health care coverage. She is currently working on her first novel; a romance thriller set in the Tampa Bay area.
From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Knight created and directed Operation: Open Hearts, a HUD pilot project developed with the City of Tampa that provided emergency repairs to housing occupied by the elderly and disabled.
Ms. Knight holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies, and an Associates Degree in Theology as well as several certificates in Ministerial Training. She is the mother of a two-year old son, Gabriel; adopted in 2006.