Equity Studio Director
Jamillah’s vision for a Culture of Health leverages the power of planning to create thriving ecosystems of change. Her strategy involves advancing a significant paradigm shift by placing power and resources in the hands of community members—particularly people of color—to seed sustainable transformation. Jamillah believes that building inclusive and equitable communities requires collaboration across a broad range of sectors and disciplines to achieve collective impact. However, it’s essential to amplify solutions developed by frontline and grassroots communities most impacted by the complex forces of racism and discrimination.
Decisions about capital and social investments should be made and informed by community-driven leadership to reflect their needs and interests. This vision is characterized by cultural humility, respect, and deep listening, with the goal of ensuring that everyone can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Grounded in power sharing, this approach requires that government staff, consultants, and planners center the voices and experiences of impacted communities. In turn, historically marginalized communities are mobilized and equipped with a shared vision, intersectional approaches to create change, and adequate resourcing to support intergenerational healing.
MORE ABOUT JAMILLAH
As a community organizer, Jamillah collaborated with residents to improve unsafe housing conditions that were adversely impacting their health. Jamillah began to understand and explore how the built environment profoundly shapes our lives. Building on her grassroots experiences, Jamillah honed her ability to engage and connect with people of different backgrounds and perspectives, which grounds her work as a facilitator who can foster meaningful collaboration. During graduate school at UCLA, Jamillah was an active member of Planners of Color for Social Equity and raised awareness of socially just planning and progressive policymaking. She currently serves as the Equity Studio Director at MIG and her work focuses on co-creating actionable strategies to advance equity in the communities it serves and internally within the organization. Jamillah is also a volunteer of Recycling Black Dollars, an organization committed to economic development in the African American community by encouraging support of Black-owned businesses.
JAMILLAH’S WORK AND VISION