VI/PR 2023 Honorees
About Judge Jessica Gallivan
Judge Jessica Gallivan is a true blending of Virgin Islands history and culture. She is a proud descendant of grandparents who epitomizes VI/PR Friendship. Her grandmother was born on St. Croix and was of Danish Heritage, while her grandfather hailed from Culebra, Puerto Rico and whose mother was Taino. Born and raised on St. Croix, she is a product of a single-parent household, our public housing and education systems, graduating from the St. Croix Central High School in 1981. Judge Gallivan came from humble beginnings, overcoming challenges to become one of the most prominent attorneys of Hispanic descent in our territory before becoming a Judge in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands in 2019.
Judge Gallivan holds three degrees; a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration both from the University of the Virgin Islands, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law. She was an Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Andrew L. Capdeville, a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Ishmael Meyers, an Assistant Attorney General, at the Virgin Islands Department of Justice, and an Associate Attorney at the Law Office of Michael J. Sanford. In 2007 Governor John P. DeJongh, Jr. appointed Ms. Gallivan to serve as the Chief Negotiator at the Office of Collective Bargaining prior to serving two 4-year terms in the Magistrate Division of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. Judge Gallivan is currently a Judge at the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.
About Janette Millin Young
Janette Millin Young was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico to Henry Millin and Graciela Millin. Janette Millin Young like so many Virgin Islanders are born of parents from the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico reinforcing the friendship that exists between both territories. She is a 1987 graduate of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School and a 1991 graduate of Loyola University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Janette Millin Young was first elected Senator on November 2, 2010, to the 29th Legislature of the Virgin Islands, and was sworn into office on January 10, 2011. She was first tapped by her colleagues to serve as the Senate's Chairman of the Committee on Education, Youth, and Culture. In her second term, she was asked to serve as the Chair of the Committee on Economic Development, Agriculture and Planning. In her tenure, Ms. Millin Young has stated that she is most proud of the re-establishment of the V.I. Commission on Youth, the Enterprise and Commercial Zones Act of 2014, and the Act establishing the Agriculture Business Incubator Program. Former Senator Janette Millin Young served four terms in the Legislature of the Virgin Islands.
She is a published author, releasing her first book “Because They Dared” in 2023. She is also owner of Millin Young Consulting. Ms. Young has also served as president of Women Striving for Success, Inc. since 2013, an organization focused on empowering and assisting women to grow professionally.