Jamilah joined Barr in 2022 as a program officer for Arts & Creativity - focusing on furthering systems change and self-determination through the arts, and supporting healing, dreaming, connection, care, and sustainability of artists/culture bearers and communities of color. Before joining the Barr Foundation, Jamilah was part of various regional and statewide teams at The California Endowment, a private health foundation, working to advance people power and health equity as well as strengthen the foundation’s commitment towards racial justice.
Previously, Jamilah served as a consultant and was an inaugural Greenlining Institute Health Equity Fellow. She started her career in youth development, community health, and environmental justice. She earned a bachelor’s in Black Diaspora Studies (a self-designed major) from Mills College and holds a master’s degree in psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as an Executive Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate in Social Sector Leadership from Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. She brings extensive experience as a cultural worker, facilitator, and in the nonprofit sector. Granddaughter of Helena, Phillip, Corinne, and Arthur Lee, she is from Oakland, California, and lives in Jamaica Plain.