Jamira Burley

Head of Youth Engagement and Skills at the Global Business Coalition for Education.

Jamira Burley is an internationally recognized speaker, social justice advocate, and next-gen social impact consultant. Jamira is 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 social justice, youth engagement, education reform and corporate social responsibility to authentically reshape communities and disrupt the status quo.


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Head of Youth Engagement and Skills at the Global Business Coalition for Education.

As a native of West Philadelphia, Jamira saw first-hand the disenfranchisement of marginalized communities. 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. 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. There she helps 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.

Before 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. Jamira’s work sits at the intersection of policy, community, and social good, Jamira provides unique insight that will help actualize the change we all so desperately need. Lastly, Jamira consults with a number of public/private entities on how to authentically engage impacted communities and guest host on SiriusXM, 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 and create REAL change through solution-driven dialogue.


Our speakers get attention.

  • Why You Shouldn’t Say Yes To Everything According To Activist Jamira Burley
    This week on Unfiltered we sat down with social-impact consultant Jamira Burley to talk about why you should be empowered to say no, about the Nguni Bantu of ubuntu and…
  • BET News Special Full Episode: Before the Booth: Jamira Burley
    Jamira Burley shares her demands for the 2020 Presidential nominees
  • Black On Capitol Hill: 5 Women Share Their Motivations And How To Get Involved
    Black women are becoming a strong voice in the political atmosphere, as demonstrated by the results of the 2017 Senate election in Alabama
  • NBCBLK28: Jamira Burley: Policy in the Time of Social Justice
    Jamira Burley: Policy in the Time of Social Justice
  • From Murder To The Mayor’s Office: A Story Of Grit And Excellence
    The first of 16 siblings to graduate from high school and college, 26-year-old Jamira Burley’s youth was filled with violence and surrounded by drugs.

She gave such a powerful presentation and I could even see the "thought bubble" of so many of my colleagues: Who is this awesome woman?


"Jamira knocked it out the park, was just the right message we needed to send."

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