The Pittsburgh Foundation

Jamillia Kamara M.Ed. Program Associate


 Jamillia works with The Pittsburgh Foundation’s staff to advance the grantmaking, convening, policy and research activities related to 100 Percent Pittsburgh, the Foundation’s organizing principle, with a focus on education and equity. Jamillia joined the Foundation in August 2017 after working with AlphaLab Gear and The Forbes Funds to increase the awareness and effectiveness of the AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup and UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge.
With a commitment to creating enrichment and capacity building opportunities for diverse students and families, Jamillia began her professional career facilitating youth empowerment workshops and teaching at Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School, a high-need K-8 school in Philadelphia. She went on to serve as a program director for Multicultural Community Family Services in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, and as program manager for Public Allies Pittsburgh. She serves as consultant and is also the founder of Internationally Smart is Cool, an organization that connects middle school students with opportunities to develop and practice activities that interest them.
Jamillia earned a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. She went on to complete a master’s degree in education from Chestnut Hill College and is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from Duquesne University. Outside of work, she is an avid global traveler. She moved back to Pittsburgh from the Philadelphia area in 2014 and resides in the city’s Arlington neighborhood.