Jamira Burley is an internationally recognized speaker, social justice advocate, and next-gen social impact consultant. She's on a mission to lead systematic and sustainable change that improves the lives of young people across the globe. Recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change and Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, Jamira leads with expertise on youth engagement, education reform, workforce development, global citizenship and social justice and CSR to authentically reshape communities and disrupt the status quo.
Jamira is fueled by her upbringing in West Philadelphia to transform our communities selflessly. In 2015, sparked by the murder of her brother Andre, Jamira discovered her calling at the age of 15 years old. She organized an anti-violence program in her high school, which reduced the rate of violence by 30%. Gaining public recognition through her efforts, she received a $50,000 grant from the Governor to implement the program in the ten most persistently-dangerous high schools in the city.
She is the first of her 15 siblings to graduate high school and pursue higher education, obtaining a BA in International Business and Legal Studies from Temple University. While in college, she co-founded GenYNOT, an online platform that cultivates solution-driven dialogue with intergenerational communities. In 2012, she was appointed by the United Nations General Secretary to the United Nations Global Education First Initiative, Youth Advocacy group. During her appointment, she traveled to over 20 countries, organized over 100 youth trainings, organized the first United Nations Youth TakeOver/ Malala Day and presented the first every youth-lead resolution.
For the past decade, Jamira has worked with corporations, non-profits and government leaders on better engaging impacted communities. Currently, she is Head of Youth Engagement and Skills for the Global Business Coalition for Education helping to ensure a collaborative relationship between youth, bilateral agencies, governments, and business leaders; to enable innovative ways to educate, engage and activate young people around the world. In 2018, she was the first United States citizen awarded the Global Leadership Award for Vital Voices and selected as an MIT Media Lab Fellow.
Previously, Jamira was the National Deputy Millennial Vote Director at Hillary For America and before that, she managed gun violence and criminal justice initiatives at Amnesty International USA – one of the first and largest human rights organizations in the World. With a passion for social justice and policy, Jamira has worked with Community Justice Reform Coalition, Center for Law and Social Justice, Cities United and the City of Philadelphia.
Jamira also consults with a number of public/private entities on how to authentically engage youth and impacted communities. Past clients and partners include UNICEF, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ponds, Dell, and Vital Voices. She has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and USA Today for her contributions and has appeared on various media outlets including ABC, NBC, MSBNC, and NPR. You can also check her out on SiriusXM (Progress Presents), where she is a regular guest host and where she host her own series — “HSTRYRemastered”: where she and leading youth/young adult experts reexamine this country’s history and the reemerging of past conflicts (current events), to generate a fresh perspective.