Jacqueline Domac became a Health Teacher at Venice High School, in the Los Angeles Unified School District, in the fall of 1998. She served as Chair of the Health Department, the Coordinator of the Linking Education, Activity and Food Grant, and as a Policy Consultant for the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. As an educator, Domac is known for inspiring students to make responsible decisions regarding nutrition, physical activity, sexuality, drugs and other lifestyle choices.
Throughout her teaching career, Domac has encouraged students to become active in promoting social justice, animal welfare, and environmental protection. In 1999, Domac initiated the formation of Students for Public Health Advocacy and quickly made national headlines for innovative work in children’s health policy. Jacqueline Domac has been featured on the CBS Evening News, CNN, TIME Magazine, and was the subject of the PBS documentary entitled “Tipping the Scale”. Domac and her students have been credited with providing the grassroots activism that lead to the unanimous 7-0 LAUSD School Board Vote to end the sale of soda during school hours on all LAUSD school sites. This strategic success provided an impetus and foundation for elected officials to author and pass state laws eliminating the sale of soda and junk food from all public schools in the state of California.
Jacqueline Domac received the 2004 Teacher of the Year Award for the Los Angeles Unified School District (Dist. D) and is the recipient of the 2002 Healthy School Hero Award, presented to her by the National Education Association at the United States Healthy School Summit in Washington D.C. At the state level, Domac has been selected to serve as a Co-Chair of CA Senator Tom Torlakson’s Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness. California Project LEAN, the California State PTA, and the California State Senate, have also honored Domac for her teaching excellence and activism. As a result of her strong advocacy work, Jacqueline also served as Director of Education for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Jacqueline Domac was born in Los Angeles, and grew up in Pacific Grove, California, on the Monterey Peninsula. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law. Domac currently works as a health policy consultant while studying for the California Bar Exam to become an Animal Lawyer. Jacqueline is happily married and resides in Southern California… and enjoys spending her free time hiking, cooking, riding her bicycle, exploring botanical gardens, playing with animals and watching birds and bugs.
About My Vegan Journal:
Jacqueline has been a vegetarian since 1977 and vegan since 1987 ~ over 25 years! She is credited with drafting the policy which mandates the choice of a vegan meal in all LAUSD schools.
My Vegan Journal serves as an outlet for her simple, unstructured writing on issues concerning health & wellness, food policy, animal law, vegan cooking, environmental philosophy and ethics.