Mrs. Jacqueline daCosta has held many senior positions in the Jamaican Government for almost forty years. These include Consultant/ Coordinator, Special Programmes and Projects in the Cabinet Office, Technical Advisor to a number of Cabinet Sub-Committees and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Land and Environment, which included dealing with Physical, Urban and Sustainable Development Planning and Control, Real Estate, Land Policy, Administration and Management, Squatting, Environment, Climate Change, Watersheds, Meteorology, Disaster Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation, Mining, Geology, and National Spatial Data Infrastructure. Prior to that, she was the Senior Adviser on Land Policy and Physical Development to the Prime Minister of Jamaica and a Consultant working in the Private Sector. She has been President of a number of Professional Associations including the Commonwealth Association of Planners, The Professional Societies Association in Jamaica and the Jamaica Institute of Planners. She has visited over seventy Countries.
She chaired the Land Information Council of Jamaica for 25 years, is the Chair/CEO of the National Best Community Foundation which organizes and manage a National Jamaican Competition and Programme for Sustainable Development of Communities. She sits/has sat on several Boards and Committees, including the Women’s leadership Initiative and the International Land Coalition. Her qualifications and expertise include Management, Policy Formulation and Implementation, Spatial Data Infrastructure Policy, Land Policy, Administration and Management, Sociology, Sustainable and Regional Development Planning, and Environment.
Mrs. daCosta has received numerous international and national awards. These include the UN Habitat Scroll of Honour, for her outstanding contribution to the development of shelter strategies both nationally and internationally. She has been recognized by the Nature Conservancy for her service to conservation of Jamaica’s Natural Heritage, by the IMBAJ for her outstanding contribution to the Construction Sector, by the Government of Jamaica with a National Honour, the Order of Distinction, Commander Class for her contribution to the Public Sector, by the Commonwealth Association of Planners for her contribution to that organization and to Planning internationally while she was its Vice President and the President. She also received a number of Awards from ESRI and URISA for her contribution to GIS development, Planning, Development, Land Policy, Administration and Management in Jamaica and the Caribbean. She is at present a Private Consultant, working in some of the areas mentioned above and volunteers a great deal of her time towards the creation of Sustainable Communities in Jamaica and other credible causes.