Bayside with Jackie Carlson


Meet Jackie, Save The Bay’s membership & individual giving manager!

Jackie with her son, Matthew, at BayCamp!

Why and when did you get involved with Save The Bay?
I started here in June of 2015. I was excited to use my skills in Development for a mission that both my family and I support.

What is your favorite place/spot on Narragansett Bay?
Easton’s Beach.

What’s a favorite project you’ve worked on, or highlight from your Save The Bay experience thus far?
I enjoy meeting and communicating with members, both loyal and new, to find out why they joined Save The Bay and why they continue to support us. The answers vary so much! I also love sharing Save The Bay experiences with my family, my husband Rob and children Matthew and Juliette!

What are you excited to be working on right now?
It’s exciting to be in the final year of our 50th Anniversary Campaign. For 50 years, Save The Bay members have helped us accomplish so much and now, during this difficult time, we count on our members more than ever.

Jackie’s kids, Matthew and Juliette, volunteer at International Coastal Cleanup Day!

What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy running. Typically on weekends, you can find me on some sort of baseball or softball field as both my kids are super dedicated to the sport!

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I love music and my two favorite bands are very different from one another: Pearl Jam and New Kids On the Block.

How do you enjoy the Bay?
I love looking over the Bay at work (especially in the summer) and tagging along on BayCamp trips in the summer to watch the next generation enjoying the Bay.

Last book you read? Last Netflix series you binged?
Show: “Love is Blind” on Netflix
Book: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.


July 11, 2021

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

At this time, Save The Bay’s facilities in Providence and Westerly remain closed to the public in response to COVID-19.

The Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport reopened Monday, July 5, with new hours and visiting procedures in place.

Save The Bay is offering volunteer and internship opportunities with new policies and procedures for the health and safety of all involved.

Our staff continues to protect and improve Narragansett Bay, working both remotely and on-site. If you have any questions, you can contact us by phone (401-272-3540) or email (, or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.