Jacqueline Jacobs Caster is the Founder and President of The Everychild Foundation which provides grants easing suffering of children in the Los Angeles area. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College. She also holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Jacqueline practiced real estate law with Loeb and Loeb in Los Angeles in the mid-80s and left the field of law for a career in urban redevelopment. After several years with Disney Development Company, she headed her own consulting firm for over a decade performing economic feasibility studies for large-scale urban renovation and cultural projects. Her client list included numerous Fortune 500 companies. She founded the Everychild Foundation in 1999 which she has headed since its formation. It is comprised of over 200 Los Angeles women. In lieu of fundraising events, the members each donate $5,000 in dues annually. The dollars are pooled, and the organization makes a single $1 million grant in the community each year for a project serving a critical unmet need of local children. The Everychild model of philanthropy has inspired the creation of 10 other similar organizations, some as far away as London.
Jacqueline was a 2011 recipient of the Momentum Award from the Women's Foundation of California and has received the Humanitarian Award for three organizations: First Star in 2004, The Optimist Youth Home in 2005, and Shane's Inspiration in 2006. She was also named Santa Monica/Westside YWCA Woman of the Year for 2005 and was awarded the Silver Shingle Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Community from Boston University School of Law. She was also honored by Loyola Law School in Los Angeles for her juvenile justice advocacy work. Jacqueline is also active in the issue of aging out foster youth and has been heard on National Public Radio and Australian Public Radio. She serves on the boards of multiple charitable organizations in Los Angeles and the national board of the Campaign for Youth Justice in Washington, D.C. She resides in Pacific Palisades and is married to Andrew I. Caster, M.D., an ophthalmologist. They have two children, Bryce, aged 20 and Jocelyn, aged 18.