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Jamira Burley        

Youth and Community Strategist: Helping to Transform Empathy into Action

Recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change and a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, Jamira Burley is the essence of perseverance. For over a decade, Jamira has made it her mission to employ her personal experiences as the driving force to improve the lives of others. From implementing anti-violence programs throughout Philadelphia – when she was just a high school student, to organizing youth workshops around the world – in collaboration with the United Nations. Jamira ardor for personal and social advancement is undeniable; she leads with marked expertise on youth engagement, education reform, global citizenship, gun violence prevention, and criminal justice reform. In 2018, she was the first United States citizen awarded the Global Leadership Award for Vital Voices and selected as an MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow.

Currently, Jamira is the Head of Youth Engagement and Skills for the Global Business Coalition for Education, helping to ensure a collaborative relationship between youth and business leaders; to enable innovative ways to educate, engage and activate young people around the world. Prior to the Global Business Coalition for Education, Jamira worked as the National Deputy Millennial Vote Director at Hillary For America and before that, she managed the gun violence and criminal justice portfolios at Amnesty International USA— one of the first and largest human rights organizations in the world. Currently, Jamira consults with a number of public and private entities on how to authentically engage impacted communities. Working at the intersection of policy, community and social good, Jamira provides unique insight that will help actualize the change we all so desperately need.

As a result of Jamira’s unwavering commitment to social change, she has received two governor appointments by Governor Ed Randall and Governor Tom Wolf, as well as two Mayoral appointments by Mayor Michael Nutter and Mayor Muriel Bowser to both city and state commissions. Always looking to serve the communities she lives and works in, Jamira was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Kim-moon, to United Nations Global Education First Initiative; Youth Advocacy Group. For the last 7 years, she has traveled to over 20 countries advocating for the rights of every child to have access to quality education.

Speech Topics

Engagement (Youth and Young Adults)

Social Good

Civic Participation and Voter Engagement

Violence Prevention

Criminal Justice Reform

Police Accounability

Global Citizenship

Education Reform


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