Borough President James S. Oddo is pleased to announce his appointment of Jaclyn M. Tacoronte as the Staten Island representative to the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP).
The PEP consists of 13 appointed members and the Chancellor of the Department of Education. Each Borough President appoints one member. These members, along with the mayoral appointees, make decisions about educational policy.
Jaclyn M. Tacoronte is currently the CEO & President of JMT Media, LLC., a New York certified M/WBE boutique marketing, public relations and design firm that specializes in small business marketing and the non-profit sector. Mrs. Tacoronte has spearheaded all marketing and public relations efforts for the inaugural New York City Winter Lantern Festival at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden which garnered thousands of on and off-island attendees. Mrs. Tacoronte is also the Executive Producer of JMT the BEAT; a new online series featuring the best of Staten Island’s Business, Entertainment, Art & Theatre groups. Tacoronte received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications focused on International Business and obtained a Master of Business Administration while living in San Antonio and Austin, Texas.
As a marketing and public relations professional for over 20 years, she has served many Fortune 500 companies, and is frequently a public relations guest speaker and panelist for New York State Council for the Arts, Staten Island Not For Profit Association, Center for Non Profit Success and Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness.
In addition, Mrs. Tacoronte currently serves as 2nd Vice Chair of the Minority Women in Business Association of Staten Island, Executive Women’s Council for the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, the Marketing Chair for Colloquy Collective, and Board Chair for Staten Island Makerspace. She is also the former Director of External Affairs & Business Development for Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and former Marketing Director at The Young People's Chorus of New York City.
"I'm delighted that Jaclyn has accepted this PEP appointment, said BP Oddo. “A mother and local business owner, I am confident she will bring a fresh perspective to the role and I, along with our Borough Hall education team, look forward to working with her."
"It is an honor to represent Staten Island on the PEP,” Mrs. Tacoronte said. “I look forward to bringing a new perspective to support our students in the public school system, including my own children. The Borough President's office has supported the diversity for local MWBE's and this opportunity will allow me to continue to contribute to my community in another way."
Tacoronte will replace Peter J. Calandrella, who resigned from the PEP in January.