April 20, 2014

Jacke McCurdy

The sole woman in her law school class at the University of Maryland, Jacke McCurdy went on to a career of firsts – first woman admitted to the Baltimore County Bar, first woman assistant state’s attorney for Baltimore County, first woman vice president of Joseph E. Seagram and Sons. And although the diehard Democrat wasn’t the first woman to serve on the Maryland state legislature, she was responsible for the congressional quarter’s first women’s restroom, after the men tired of her putting an “occupied” sign on theirs. A resident of Bonita Bay since 1988, she’s been named Citizen of the Year and won the Bonita Springs Community Foundation’s Love of Bonita award for her support of Hope Hospice, the Philharmonic League, the Guadalupe Center and more. She’s also a 24-year member of the Committee of 200, an elite national group of women entrepreneurs and executives. Their code? “Put your guns at the door and learn from each other.”