Jacqueline Beretta is a humanitarian, technologist, web designer, marketer/brain-stormer, artist, mother, and wife. An aspiring writer, she is currently working on a timely novel.
As chairman of the Social Responsibility Corporation, she is the creator and inspiration for TexasNonprofits (www.txnp.org) and the educational conferences hosted by Learning About Learning in Dallas and San Antonio.
Historically she worked for a Los Angeles advertising firm, Electric Ideas; was Executive Editor of San Antonio Homes and Gardens Magazine; and owned a graphics/web design/marketing firm based in both Fort Collins, CO. and San Antonio.
She is a graduate of The National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C., and then received a BA in business and history at Trinity University. Through Trinity she studied at the London School of Economics. In addition to her formal degrees Jacqueline received advanced training on grant writing from The Grantsmanship Center and the Center on Philanthropy at the University of Indiana. She returned to Trinity in 2018 to study Literature.
In April 1973, Jacqueline was crowned Queen of the Court of the Tudor Rose by the Order of the Alamo during San Antonio’s Fiesta San Jacinto. After a week of accompanying King Antonio and other Fiesta royalty to visit various nonprofits in her community, she realized she wanted to work in the nonprofit community.
Jacqueline’s community service began early at twenty-one when she became a member of The Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation board. Since then, she has served on such boards as The Witte Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio Academy, The U.S. Modern Pentathlon, Learning About Learning Educational Foundation, the San Antonio Botanical Center, The San Antonio Public Library Foundation, and Earth & Sky Radio Series in Austin. She is a Lifetime Member of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
Jacqueline is a proud member of the Class of 2006, Leadership Texas. In 2007 she was invited to join the Communications Network in Chicago, working with national foundations on how to strategically use communications to strengthen the voice of philanthropy in America and throughout the world.
Her book, Fugitive Letters – 1829 to 1836 – Stephen F. Austin to David G. Burnett, won the prestigious Texas Historical Commission Award for Best Local History and received a Letter of Merit from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
A Seventh generation Texan, she is a direct descendant of Moses Austin’s daughter, Emily Austin Perry, whose brother, Stephen Fuller Austin, is known as the “Father of Texas”.
Jacqueline Beretta is married to Benjamin Rodriguez. Together, they share six children who live in Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio; six grandsons, a granddaughter, and one Clock, a mini dappled dachshund.
Besides her passion to give back to the world, Jacqueline is addicted to the Internet and technology. She also loves to travel, read, listen to music and podcasts, creative food and restaurants, cooking, flowers, oil painting, movies, and hiking. She is currently writing a dystopian thriller that explores the ramifications of pushing the boundaries on how future developments in technology will affect our everyday life today and in the future.