20 Under 40: Rachel Jackson

Youth Development Director

Eugene Family YMCA

When I think about being nominated for this award – I am not sure that I can accept it alone.  Transforming what child care looked like through a pandemic has taken a collaborative effort.  I am one of many who stepped up to the plate.  At the Y, we believe strongly in relationships and working together with community partners.  To fully support the families of Lane County – we all need to work in unison.

At the Eugene Family YMCA, I’ve held almost every position within the Youth Development Department. From afterschool teacher, camp counselor, site director, and staffing coordinator and now, 16 years later, the youth development director. 

As the Youth Development Director, I get to lead an incredible team in providing opportunities for youth in Lane County. We support youth in their social and emotional learning, academics, physical activity, and we provide a safe and inclusive environment.  I am proud of the way our team has adapted and the impact that we leave on the families in our community.  

I envision a future where our Y provides programming to all schools and every youth has access, regardless of age. I believe in the power of quality care and how it can influence the growth and development of the young people in our community.  


I have loved every second of working at the Y, even when we have been thrown a curveball. I take pride in my work and the people I work beside, who care deeply about the families in our community.