Jennifer Ann Mackley

Business Attorney and Personal Rights Advocate

For nineteen years, Jennifer has helped small businesses with their formation, drafted commercial contracts, assisted in dispute resolution, bankruptcy, and real estate matters.  She also has ten years of personal preparedness, estate planning and probate experience for individuals.  Active in the community, Jennifer has shown thirty years of leadership in domestic and international community preparedness, as well as advocating for anti-hunger organizations, the rights of the homeless and members of other marginalized communities.

Legal Practice and Experience

Attorney, Solo Practitioner Idaho, Utah, Washington
Practice included civil litigation, business law, real estate, employment and bankruptcy law; drafting contracts and litigating contract disputes; estate planning and probate.  Probono work includes immigration, landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, criminal defense, and juvenile law.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Bannock County, ID
Caseload included misdemeanors, felonies and mental commitments, with emphasis on juvenile justice and family law.  Invited to represent Idaho prosecutors on The Department of Juvenile Corrections’ Two Year Planning Committee.

Judicial Intern, Utah Court of Appeals Salt Lake City, UT
Drafted memoranda opinions in civil and criminal cases for the presiding judge; participated in consultation on and drafting of full opinions.

Other Experience

Chair of Seattle Public Schools’ Title IX Task Force 2015

  • Led development of comprehensive strategy for preventing and responding to Title IX violations in Seattle School District and helped establish and staff Office of Student Civil Rights
  • Helped draft educational materials for distribution to 53,000 students and families and prepared resources for publication on educational website

Community Preparedness Leader 1984-present

  • Member of the McCarrison Society on nutrition and health and volunteer with the Amarpurkashi Rural Development Project in India 1984-87.
  • Volunteer with the American Red Cross.
  • Assistant to Collegium Aesculapium, a non-profit health services organization, to facilitate delivery of medical equipment and knowledge internationally 1989-90.
  • Developed a neighborhood-based preparedness program for 5,000 people in King County in 2005-2009 that has been adapted for use in other communities throughout the country.
  • Assisted in statewide expansion of Washington’s MYN (Map Your Neighborhood) preparedness program.
  • Served on the MMRS/LEPC (Metropolitan Medical Response System/Local Emergency Planning Committee) to help coordinate regional catastrophic planning efforts between government agencies, environmental and citizen groups, industry and emergency response officials.
  • Featured community preparedness speaker at the 2009 Green Festival in Seattle.

Homeless Advocate  1990-present 

  • Volunteer at CCNV shelter in Washington, D.C. assisting residents and staff. 1990.
  • Supervisor at Road to Home Family Shelter and Women’s Shelter: worked with at-risk populations; supervised residents and weekly community volunteersEducated the public and city and state government officials on housing issues and solutionsAssisted with grant writing and fundraising efforts.1991-1994
  • Co-chair of Public Interest Law Organization; representative to 1994 Public Interest Law National Congress in Washington, D.C.
  • Housing Intern at Utah Legal Services: conducted intake meetings, drafted court pleadings, negotiated housing issues between landlords and low-income tenants 1994-1995.
  • Street Law Instructor at Cook County Juvenile Detention Center teaching civil rights and life skills to incarcerated young men. 1996
  • Homeless Project Assistant at Mandel Legal Aid Clinic: conducted interviews; prepared court pleadings and legal memoranda for civil rights and police accountability cases. 1995-1996
  • Member of Interfaith Taskforce on Homelessness: lobby and educate state and local leaders; acquire and distribute food, clothing, and supplies; and supervise volunteers assisting families in homeless camps and shelters. 2004-present
  • Volunteer with Warm for Winter Project: over 38,000 handmade scarves and hats delivered to homeless individuals. 2006-present

Founding Member, FOODCHAIN  1992-1994  Atlanta, GA

  • Served on Executive Committee of the National Board of Directors for two years.
  • Assisted in incorporation of Foodchain and expansion of network to more than 300 food distribution programs
  • Helped secure national funders and food donors (UPS, Pizza Hut, etc.)
  • Developed and trained 25 member Advisory Board.
  • Organized national education/advocacy conferences in 1993 and 1994

Assistant Director, Utah Food Bank  1990-1993  Salt Lake City, UT

  • Facilitated the expansion of the Food Bank’s capacity from countywide to statewide operations by organizing the Utah Emergency Food Distribution System (UEFDS)
  • Conducted negotiations with the 190 organizations and government entities that became members of UEFDS
  • Established Give S.O.M.E.: a regional prepared and perishable food distribution network gathering food from grocery stores and restaurants to shelters, camps, and soup kitchens.
  • Coordinated grant writing and major fundraising events.
  • Recruited and supervised volunteers for on-site donation sorting and off-site food gathering projects (including youth, church groups, prison-release, and court-ordered volunteers).

Department of Housing & Urban Development  1990  Washington, D.C.

  • Helped develop federal interagency coordination of McKinney Act programs for the Interagency Council on the Homeless.
  • Assisted in drafting Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human Welfare.
  • Reviewed grant applications and helped stream-lined grant application process.


  • University of Chicago Law School, Visiting Student, 1995-1996  Chicago, IL
  • University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1993-1995  Salt Lake City, UT
  • Brigham Young University, B.A. in Political Science, 1990  Provo, UT
  • Il Collegio del Mondo Unito dell’ Adriatico, International Relations, 1984-1985  Trieste, Italy


Utah, 1996    Idaho, 1997    Washington, 2002


2014 Appointed to Seattle Public Schools Title IX Task Force
2009 Featured Speaker on Community Preparedness at 2009 Green Festival
1998 Appointed to represent Idaho prosecutors on Dept of Juvenile Corrections’ Two-Year Planning Committee
1994 Utah Bar Foundation Award for Community Involvement
1994 Representative to Public Interest Law Foundation National Congress in Washington, D.C.
1990 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant
1984 Full scholarship to Il Collegio del Mondo Unito (1 of the 2students chosen to represent the United States; 2 students from 50 countries accepted each year)