Jackie Subar is originally from Dallas, Texas but calls Washington, D.C. home. By day, she works for the American Jewish Committee, directing their young leadership division, ACCESS DC. By night, she goes crazy: baking with friends, exploring DC, and trying to figure out how to play the piano with both hands — the struggle is real. She is excited about an upcoming trip to Miami, to be followed by a couple of days hiking along the Appalachian Trail.
1.) Which career would you choose if practicality wasn’t an object?
I really like the one I have now, but if I could have a different career I think I would aspire to be a historian who writes about the history of items we find commonplace, like toothpaste. Or spend time building homes, planting, and teaching in schools in areas in need — both here in the US or abroad. There is a lot of work to be done everywhere!
2.) You are originally from Texas. What is your favorite Southern/Texan expression?
I really find “y’all” to be a phrase that everyone should adopt, saying “hey everyone here” or “yous guys” is just too dern complicated.
Now excuse me, I need to go “put up” my groceries...
3.) What is one of the best gifts you’ve ever received?
I cannot pinpoint one specific gift but I will tell you that I save almost every thank you note anyone has ever sent me — I’m old school and cherish hand-written letters or postcards — they’re just so personal.
4.) What energizes you?
The people around me — we all thrive in positive energy and environments :)
5.) A woman without a man is like __________.
...totally strong, independent, and thriving! Couple-hood or marriage is now a choice more than ever in the 21st century. If you’re someone like me who wants a traditional relationship or someone who doesn’t ... whatever floats your boat.
6.) Your favorite school memory (from any age).
This one time when I was four I kissed this boy Christian, my mom told me I couldn’t go around kissing the preacher’s son. I’m pretty sure I thought a preacher was a bird.
7.) What are the last three pictures you took on your phone?
One of the Dupont Underground when there was a party going on; the drink menu at Duke’s Grocery so that I can pretend to remember what I had — not the whole menu; and the Japanese side of a business card that someone gave me at a reception (I thought it was cool and sent it to my dad).
8.) What is the most unexpected way you made a friend?
One of my best friends in DC barely knew me but let me crash on her couch for two days when I first came to DC before I moved into my apartment — she’s my person.
9.) Describe a time when you met a famous person.
On a debate trip in high school we spent a great deal of time running after Stephen Colbert in the American Museum of Natural History. I think he was more put off by the fact that there was a gaggle of 16-year-old girls chasing him.
10.) What is your most memorable vacation?
When I was little my family would go every year to Florida. My Uncle Michael used to take us on adventures — we’d always find money trees (he would hide dollar bills in the trees, or did he?). Then we would go to the local grocery store and get zebra gum, this gum that came with colorful stripes on them.
11.) What should every person try at least once in their lifetime?
Mixing chocolate with your popcorn or potato chips. Life altering.
12.) What was your first job?
Camp counselor at Camp Chai, a day camp in Dallas. Two hundred and fifty dollars for six weeks of camp work — most money I had ever made in six weeks — easiest labor for a camp. I must have liked it, I kept coming back.
13.) Your real life super power is:
My ability to reach into my pocket and pull out a pun — it’s in my genes.
14.) Which concerts have you been to?
I should probably start with the ones I haven’t been to. My list is relatively short and mostly country.
15.) What were you like as a child?
You know that kid who wanted to save the worms, learn acrobatic tricks on the jungle gym, and make up songs that probably had no end? That kid.
Interviewed by Batya H. Carl