Chic Staffer: Jackie Rolleri
Hometown: Trumbull, Connecticut
Has the best job ever as the… Natural Resource Management Specialist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
What is NOAA?
“It’s a scientific agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA warns of dangerous weather, charts seas and skies, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to improve understanding and stewardship of the environment. Within NOAA, I work for the National Ocean Service.”
How did you end up here?
“After graduating from Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, I accepted a position as a Presidential Management Fellow with NOAA’s Coastal Services Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.”
What do you like most about your job?
“While I’ve always been passionate about the oceans and coasts, what I like most about my job is the people I work with.”
Wow, this hallway is pretty awesome! What is the significance of Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler?
“Although NOAA was formed in 1970, the agencies that came together at that time are among the oldest in the Federal Government. The agencies included the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey formed in 1807, the Weather Bureau formed in 1870, and the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries formed in 1871. Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler was the first superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. In some ways, my job with NOAA is continuing a family tradition: my great grandfather, Roland D. Horne, was a captain for the Coast and Geodetic Survey, serving as commanding officer on the survey ship Explorer; my grandfather and two great uncles also worked for the Survey.”
You have a fresh “All American” style…and perfect skin! What is your beauty regimen?
“I think of myself as a fairly low-maintenance woman so when it comes to a beauty regimen, I like to keep things simple. In the morning, I apply Neutrogena’s Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF 15. I also use a Neutrogena foundation, a little blush, eye liner, and mascara. At night, I apply Aveeno’s Positively Ageless Reconditioning Night Cream. As an early 30th birthday present to myself, I just bought Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair, which I’m eager to try.”
Any go-to DC shopping spots?
“Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, the LOFT, and J.Crew. I wear a size 10.5 shoe, which can be a challenge. A couple of go-to shoe brands with my size are Nine West and Anne Klein.”
When you’re not in the office, one can find you…
“Outdoors. Some of my favorite activities include biking, hiking, camping, sailing and anything else water-related. I also like to travel, cook, read, and spend time with family and friends.”
What advice would you give to young women looking to make it in Washington?
“In a city that is full of well-educated and ambitious young professionals, I think it is important to network. By “networking,” I don’t just mean attending happy hours and social events (although they can be a great way to meet people!). Don’t be afraid to ask someone in your field of interest to meet for coffee so you can learn about their career path or ask for some advice; they will likely be flattered and happy to talk with you. If you’re job hunting in this economy, I think it is also essential to cast a wide net!”
Loving Jackie’s classic look? Snag some of her favorites here:
Banana Republic “Anna” Cardigan in navy, $59.50, Available at BananaRepublic.com
Tiffany 1837™ Circle Pendant, $150.00 Available at Tiffany.com
Colby College Class Ring by Balfour in white gold, $335.00 Available at Balfour.com
“I like it because it’s classic and simple, unlike many class rings.”
Big Train Spice Chai Latte 12 oz bag, $6.53 Available at BigTrain.com
“When I moved to D.C. from Warren, Rhode Island, I missed being able to walk up the street from my apartment to the Coffee Depot where I would order my beloved Spice Chai Latte. Fortunately, I discovered that they use a particular brand of chai tea mix (Big Train) that several places in D.C. carry, including two of my favorites: Ebenezers Coffeehouse on Capitol Hill and Brooklyn Bagel in Arlington.”