Jacqueline is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned a degree in Rhetoric and Communications and Foreign Languages and of the Alliance Francaise in Paris.
Her career has included a variety of fields including hotel sales, marketing and advertising for Hilton and Hyatt Hotels, co-owner of a Washington, DC based public relations firm, entertainment reporter for CBS television and for seven years, working with the musical group, The Beach Boys. She has worked on National Community Service issues for President George Bush, Sr. and President Bill Clinton. Her project, STARSERVE, was President George HW Bush’s first Point of Light Initiative and it engaged over 30 entertainment celebrities to promote community service among school children grades K-12.
Jacqueline’s husband, Richard Celeste, served as Ambassador to India under President Clinton from 1997-2001. As first lady of the US in India, Jacqueline worked on a variety of issues including HIV/AIDS, women¹s and children¹s causes, the environment, breast cancer awareness and the promotion of fashion and the arts.
Jacqueline is the co-author, along with Sam Celeste, her seventeen-year-old son, of the children¹s book ‘There¹s A Mouse in Roosevelt House” and wrote the forward for “Indian Journeys” Shyamal Roy’s collection of Indian photographs. Her book “Letters From Vietnam: A Daughter’s Search for her Father” is being turned into a Hollywood movie and her newest book, “Letters from the Battlefield” was released in June 2014.
Jacqueline’s love of India spawned a variety of business enterprises. Her jewelry company, I’m Sari, sold in the US at Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor and a variety of boutiques across the country. Her fashion company, Karma, promoted Indian fashion designers in the US. In 2002, Jacqueline was awarded the “Special Award for Contribution to Promotion of Indian Fashion Globally” at the Zee Gold Bollywood Awards in New York City.
In Colorado Springs, Jacqueline has served on the board of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Children¹s Literacy Center and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Jacqueline also chaired the 1874 Society at Colorado College, which raised over $1.5 million per annum for the college¹s annual fund. Currently, Jacqueline is Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief Serendipity Officer at WaterHealth International, which works in over 500 sites in India, Africa and Bangladesh bringing clean safe drinking water, at an affordable price, to millions of people worldwide. She also serves on the founding committee and board of City Year Denver and the Jaldhaara Foundation which provides clean safe water and hygiene education to school children and empowers women in India.