Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson www.nancyalspaughjackson.com
Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson is a former high-powered television producer turned author and activist on the subject of fearless aging and autism awareness. She co-authored Not Your Mother’s Midlife: A Ten Step guide to Fearless Aging (Andrews McMeel) and Fearless Women: Midlife Portraits (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). She wrote and performed in the stage show “Boomer Babes” and has done motivational speaking to sold out audiences around the country. Alspaugh-Jackson is an Emmy-Award winning television producer and executive who pioneered the magazine program format with Westinghouse’s PM Magazine. After serving as Vice-President of Group W Productions, she served as executive producer for a number of network and nationally syndicated programs, including the long-running NBC talk show, LEEZA. She has been honored with the United Press International Award, the Associated Press Award, the Gabriel Award, the Genesis Award, as well as having been named one of the Hollywood Reporters “Women to Watch”.
Alspaugh-Jackson feels her most important assignment came after her adopted son Wyatt was diagnosed with autism at the age of three (Wyatt is now 8 and making tremendous progress). She saw an urgent need for families to have somewhere to turn to for advice and assistance when dealing with this devastating disorder. “As difficult as it was getting the diagnosis for our son, we have never forgotten that we are the lucky ones in that we have the resources to find help – what about those families that don’t have the time or money to access treatment and care?” With that in mind she began the annual Denim and Diamonds for Autism fundraiser to benefit ACT Today! at the ranch home she shares with her husband, Fox television executive Read Jackson. Denim and Diamonds just celebrated its fourth year as an annual ACT Today! event, the most successful ever! Nancy has now been at the helm of ACT Today! for the last year and a half, overseeing its numerous annual fund raisers, special events and campaigns. Nancy is married to FOX SPORTS television executive Read Jackson. When she is not running the activities at ACT Today!, she runs marathons and spends time with her family and their menagerie of animals -- one Bernese Mountain dog, two Jack Russell Terriers, and three and a half horses (one miniature).
Amy Zhang, Marketing & Programs Coordinator
Amy Zhang joined the ACT Today! team in 2008 after graduating from Pepperdine University where she studied Sociology and Non-Profit Management. Her favorite courses at Pepperdine were part of a two-year program called "Social Action and Justice," which inspired Amy to choose a career in the philanthropic field. Amy has been active in her community, particularly with charitable causes.
Prior to working at ACT Today!, Amy worked as an America Reads tutor at Point Dume Marine Science School and was involved with the Pepperdine University Symphony Orchestra playing the string bass.
Amy was born and raised in Los Angeles. Like a true Angeleno, she loves the beach, loves the Lakers and has spent too many hours of her life stuck in traffic. In her free time, Amy enjoys going to yoga, snowboarding, going to the beach, and considers baking a delicious form of therapy.
Amy can be reached at Amy@act-today.org. Send her an email – she gets excited when there is something in her inbox.
Carla Najera, Program Assistant
Carla is the Program Assistant at ACT Today!. In addition to helping you with your questions regarding our grant application, she is the Associate Producer of Let’s Talk Autism with Shannon and Nancy. Carla is fluent in Spanish and is hoping to help us grow our ACT Today! Español program.
Carla has lived in the San Fernando Valley her entire life. She is currently taking classes towards a degree in Marketing and Advertising. She enjoys traveling, exploring new places, spending time with her family, and enjoying the great arts culture Los Angeles has to offer.
One of the things she enjoys the most is helping people. During her free time, Carla often volunteers to feed the homeless.
Carla can be reached at Carla@act-today.org. She is here to help with any questions you may have. Si necesita asistencia en español, ella está aquí para ayudarle.