for RTMSD School Director
Jackie Gusic believes that a strong school board can represent and set the tone for what a community values and holds as its core beliefs. A board should model those values to its students and also play an active role in the community at large.
As an architect and small business owner for over fifteen years, Jackie Gusic knows what it takes to put a well-thought-out plan together and then execute it. Residents of Upper Providence since 2010, Jackie and her husband moved here to raise their two children, believing this community to be the perfect backdrop for their family. Their son is twelve and in the sixth grade at Springton Lake Middle School, and their daughter is ten and finishing her last year at Rose Tree Elementary – Jackie’s children give her a very personal stake in how the school board makes decisions now and in the future.
With a focus on residential and small-scale commercial projects, Jackie’s architecture firm inHabit has grown to include a partner and an employee. Besides being able to create inspiring spaces for her clients and finding a work-life balance that makes her children think they also want to be architects, Jackie counts as one of her major accomplishments weathering the financial uncertainty of the last decade as a small business.
Jackie has dedicated time to volunteering since high school because she feels strongly that participation in public service makes for a happier and healthier society. She is currently a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and a voice for youth in the foster care system since 2012. Through this position, Jackie has learned about the importance of mental health, education, and services for the most vulnerable members of our community. Before CASA, Jackie served on her community’s civic association board and zoning committee. She was a founding board member of the Ed Bacon Foundation in Philadelphia, widely credited with reimagining what is now modern Philadelphia, and spent many weekends while at Drexel coordinating and performing rehabilitation work on older homes in West Philadelphia.
In addition to the above, Jackie has also spent many hours giving time and energy to coaching her kids’ soccer teams. She even manages to get some time on the field herself. Those experiences have shown Jackie how important teamwork and collaboration are in all aspects of life and work. It is that ethos, combined with business acumen and her desire to help others, that Jackie uniquely will bring to the Rose Tree Media School Board.