Heart of Florida United Way Celebrates Graciela Noriega Jacoby’s Recognition as a 2024 Women Who Mean Business Honoree by Orlando Business Journal

Graciela Noriega Jacoby

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Chief Operating Officer, Graciela Noriega Jacoby, has been named a 2024 Women Who Mean Business honoree by the Orlando Business Journal. This prestigious award recognizes the top businesswomen in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia, and Brevard counties who have excelled in their professional careers and made significant contributions to their communities. 

Graciela’s journey is one of determination, passion, and unwavering dedication to service. Born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, Graciela ventured to Orlando to pursue her education at the University of Central Florida. There, she earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration with a certificate in Urban and Regional Planning, laying the foundation for her future endeavors. 

Her commitment to public service began as a Team Leader for the National Civilian Community Corps in Washington, D.C. with AmeriCorps. Graciela’s innovative approach and tireless efforts earned her the prestigious All AmeriCorps Award, presented by President Bill Clinton and the late Coretta Scott King, for her exceptional work in launching a foreign pen pal and cultural education program within Orange County. 

Graciela’s professional journey continued to flourish as she served as an Aide to Orange County Commissioner Teresa Jacobs for eight years before transitioning to the role of Chief of Staff for Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs in 2011. Throughout her career, Graciela has remained deeply engaged with the Central Florida community, leveraging her leadership positions to drive positive change and enhance the quality of life for all residents. 

In addition to her role at Heart of Florida United Way, Graciela actively contributes to various local community organizations, including serving as a Board Member of Visit Orlando, City Year Orlando, Prospera, and Co-Chair of the Orange County Sustainability Committee, among others.

Graciela’s recognition as a 2024 Women Who Mean Business honoree is evidence of her exceptional leadership, business acumen, and unwavering commitment to making Central Florida a better place for all. We are incredibly proud to have Graciela as part of our team, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved honor.

 Graciela and her fellow honorees will be celebrated at an Orlando Business Journal event on March 28, 2024. Please join us in cheering on Graciela Noriega Jacoby’s remarkable achievements and contributions to our community!