Jen Paquette, CEO
Ms. Jen Paquette has been an advocate for veteran issues since shortly after 9/11. She is married to a traumatically injured Special Forces "Green Beret" soldier; is a mother of an active duty 2/75 Ranger; is a daughter of a 101st (A) soldier, and a sister of a Marine and a soldier. She also dedicates her personal and professional time to advocating for women, children and US citizen's Constitutional rights.
Jen spent close to a year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center with her traumatically injured husband, Roland, as he fought the good fight to stay alive. He ended up giving both legs above the knees as a result of being hit by an Improvised Explosive Device while serving on a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha "A Team" during Operation Enduring Freedom. During this life changing experience and after building a career working in corporate America, Jen was approached by United States Special Operations Command "USSOCOM" leadership to join a founding team tasked with developing a program supporting wounded, ill & injured Special Operation Forces service members & their families.
During her years at USSOCOM, she discovered a gap in the care for Special Forces "Green Berets" wounded and killed in action. Not long after that discovery, Jen was asked to join the founding team of the Green Beret Foundation--a particularly difficult endeavor supporting an all-male unit as the only female. Jen served as GBF's COO, Board Treasurer and CEO & lastly as Board Member for close to a decade. She established all board committees and established GBF's programs and operational infrastructure.
Since Jen's husband's injury, she has successfully supported close to 5000 Special Operation Forces "SOF" members to include killed in action families when she was warned not to, transitioning service members & she raised over $15 million to support SOF members, their families & specifically Special Forces members. Aside from her SOF support, Jen also advocated, raised money for and served all branches of the United States military.
Her work with the SOF community got her recognized when she was awarded the Patriot Award-the highest honor USSOCOM awards to a civilian- by General Tony Thomas, Commanding General of USSOCOM. She is the sixth female in history to be awarded a National Special Forces Association membership & honor along with Bo Derek and Martha "Maggie" Raye and the fifth female in history to be honored and given membership to the Special Forces Association Chapter XV. Jen was also named Outstanding Young San Antonian by the San Antonio Downtown Rotary.
that are service-disabled veteran owned companies. She approaches nonprofits much like she starts and runs any business because, in fact, nonprofits are businesses.
Jen earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Industrial Engineering / Operations Management / Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University; a Master's in Public Administration with a focus on nonprofits and public policy from St. Mary's University; and finally, an Executive MBA from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
General Tony Thomas, presents
Jen Paquette, USSOCOM's Patriot Award
Jen now runs The JPaq Group full time supporting numerous nonprofits and small for-profit companies. Eighty percent of her clients are nonprofit organizations. She does pro bono work for twenty five percent of her nonprofit clients and ten percent for her for profit clients
She currently sits on three boards holding various positions on each board: board member Vice President & Treasurer for Dancing Angels Foundation: Board Member, Programs Committee Chair & Development Committee Chair for Military Veterans in Journalism; Board Member & Programs Committee Chair for LIVE! Ministries; Founding Board Member, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair for Prelude Preparatory Public School. She acts as a subject matter expert and instructor for The Rosie Network where she teaches topics such a nonprofit business 101, nonprofit marketing, public relations, reading & understanding financial documents, branding and Board Governance focusing on roles & responsibilities, risk mitigation, & compliance. She also gives back by providing math tutoring for elementary, secondary & college students.