My great aunt Phoebe who was a strong, smart, powerful woman who was ahead of her time. Mozart- a talented artist who took risks and was not afraid to do it his way.
Becoming Alabama Girl's State Governor
SOMETHING YOU MIGHT TEACH AT THE SUMMIT:
I hope to teach four themes that we share as part of our narrative as Americans and how that influences us as future leaders.
SOMETHING YOU HOPE TO LEARN AT THE SUMMIT:
How to be an effective, healthy, fun leader.
SOMETHING YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH IN YOUR WORK:
Managing an organization that has experienced rapid growth.
SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY:
Spending time with my family, particularly my cousins; warm weather and sunny skies; listening to a good storyteller; dancing; sharing a delicious meal with friends.
SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU ANGRY:
Smart, talented, privileged people who are lazy and don't do anything with themselves.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY:
I have a very loud, talkative family and I might be the quietest person in the group. They are a group of performers, although they do not possess any particular artistic talents. I am also an only child, but spent a great deal of time with my cousins.
AN IDEA TO MAKE THE 30SUMMIT EVEN BETTER:
Make sure that we have fun. We are going to have fun, right? Could we go to see the Rod Blagoyevich play at Second City together?
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama Jamiko attended the University of Notre Dame and studied International Relations and Sociology. During that time she lived in Israel for a year and initiated international development projects in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Palestine and El Salvador. After graduating Jamiko spent two years in Paraguay learning how to co-habitate with nuns, speak Guarani, and worked on issues of human rights and trafficking. She later relocated to Chicago to implement a city wide program to create Head Start centers in homeless shelters. In her spare time she started volunteering to address issues of affordable housing with the Organization of the NorthEast (ONE) where she is currently the executive director. Under her leadership ONE has doubled its staff and budget; initiated the New Americans Loan, a financial assistance program for legal permanent residents to apply for citizenship, now a national model; created a multi-million dollar transitional jobs program which the state government has replicated throughout Illinois; and passed statewide criminal justice reform policies.