Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman is an educator, basketball coach, writer, founder of a nonprofit and the fifty-eighth lieutenant governor of Kentucky. She is wife to Chris, mom to Evelynne, adopted mom to Emma and a bonus mom to Will and Nate. Her family lives in Frankfort.
Public service is a way of life for Jacqueline and her family. She was raised on a farm in Burgin, where her family owned a small business. This experience taught her to offer a hand up to those in need and, as a result, she has devoted her personal and professional life to serving her community. She is a tireless advocate for public education and a strong proponent of young women stepping into leadership roles.
As a high school basketball coach, Jacqueline led her teams to five consecutive record-breaking seasons and one appearance in the KHSAA Sweet 16. She earned regional Coach of the Year honors in 2015.
Jacqueline's leadership doesn't end in the classroom or on the court. Her experience as an alumna of Emerge Kentucky drove her to found her own nonprofit, Lead Kentucky, in 2013. Lead Kentucky ensures Kentucky's college women are prepared, encouraged, and empowered to seek leadership positions on their campuses and later in their professional fields. Since its inception, Lead Kentucky has empowered 50 campus ambassadors with 29 different majors on more than a dozen college campuses.
Most recently, Jacqueline served as an assistant principal at Nelson County High School. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky.
As the commonwealth's highest elected woman, Jacqueline is focused on education, rural economic development, agritech, and student mental health, and she is determined to build a better Kentucky for everyone.