Life-long technology storyteller
Jackie has been interpreting the world to people since high school. While in college, he worked as a tour guide at the Girffith Observatory in Los Angeles. During his 20-year career with NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he was part of their Speaker's Bureau and later, managed the educational outreach program for outer planet space missions. At Microsoft, he led over 2,700 tours of the Microsoft Envisioning Center, sharing future trends with CEOs and dignitaries from around the world.
Microsoft Envisioning Center
For six years (2008 - 2014), Jackie worked with the Strategic Prototyping Team at Microsoft, giving tours of the"Microsoft Envisioning Center" in the Executive Briefing Center. In a simulated home, office, and outdoor environment, Jackie gave over 2,700 tours and discussions to C-level executives, high-level staff, and visiting dignitaries who were pursuing contracts and partnerships with Microsoft as well as some members of the public. These discussions of future trends involved possible consumer technology innovations that are likely to emerge over the next five to ten years. These discussions created an environment for innovative thinking about future possibilities for including technology in our lives. He spoke to over 50,000 guests and received critically acclaimed reviews and many accolades.
Jackie's love of the planetarium began when he visited Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on a high school science club field trip. Years later, while studying astronomy at the University of Southern California, he got a part-time job as a tour guide there and he later became the tour guide supervisor. Jackie has found an excuse to get his classes into a planetarium whenever he can and as a result, has operated a number of different kinds of planetaria.
Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA