Cindy Jackson, RN, IBCLC, MPH
Cindy was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado before coming the Northwest to attend Lewis and Clark College. After graduating with a BA (Biology/Spanish), she attended University of Portland, graduating with her BSN in 1982. After 1 year at OHSU working in adult care, she was able to begin working as a newborn nursery and NICU nurse at Bess Kaiser Hospital. It is here she gained skill in both breastfeeding support for the full-term infant as well as the preterm infant. After exclusively breastfeeding her two children, she went on to gain her certification as an IBCLC in 1995. As Bess Kaiser closed in 1996, she followed Kaiser babies up to Providence St Vincent Medical Center where she continues to work as a staff RN in the NICU. She has provided behind the scenes support for the Providence NICU lactation program, providing didactic training and mentoring for new LCs coming into the NICU as well as policy work to support breastfeeding success for NICU families. In 2014, Cindy graduated from University of Washington with her Master of Public Health. After volunteering at NWMMB for 1 year, she joined the Board of Directors in 2017. She has also been involved with the Oregon Washington Lactation Association and is currently president of the organization.
She has been married since 1980 to her dear husband Robert, and enjoys spending time with their son Ben, living in Portland and their daughter, son-in-law and little Nate living in Greenwood Mississippi.
In her free time, she enjoys being outside, spending time in the San Juan Islands, singing and playing viola, helping at church and making greeting cards.