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Jamillia Kamara

Program Associate at the Pittsburgh Foundation and a social entrepreneur

Statement of Research Interest /Problem of Practice:
Jamillia's research interests focus on expanding the definition of student intelligence through revised evaluative methods and the impact of institutionalized racism on teacher evaluations of student intellect.

Jamillia earned a Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College in 2013. She also holds a TEFL certification from the International TEFL Academy.

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 the 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. Jamillia serves as a community engagement consultant and is the founder of Internationally Smart is Cool, a nonprofit organization that connects middle school students with opportunities to develop and practice activities that interest them. The organization has collaborated with educational leaders, organizations, teachers, students and parents from across the state of Pennsylvania.

Jamillia joined The Pittsburgh Foundation in August 2017 after a period of consulting with leading regional organizations in the fields of education, social justice, innovation and technology. These include AlphaLab Gear, The Forbes Funds, Coro Pittsburgh and The Center for Engaged Teaching and Research at Duquesne University.

At the Foundation, Jamillia works 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. She is currently co-designing a Social Justice Fund that will provide rapid response support for impactful grassroots work in Advocacy, Mobilization and Healing.

Mentored by: Dr. Tracey Reed Armant 
Program Associate, Grable Foundation

Tracey Reed Armant, PhD, has dedicated her work to efforts that improve the life chances for young people, especially those who live with significant challenges. Her first professional position was as an English teacher at Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Maryland.

After three years of public school teaching, she returned to graduate school where she earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She served on faculty in the College of Education at Ohio University and as an
instructor in the Schools of Education at University of Maryland and University of Pittsburgh - teaching courses in History of Education, Politics of Education and
Social Foundations of Education.

Tracey was Manager of Agency Investments for Youth and a Consultant for United Way of Allegheny County where she managed Request for Proposal processes and acted as liaison between United Way and the youth-serving agencies it funded.

Currently, Tracey is a Program Associate with the Grable Foundation - a family foundation that is committed to improving the lives of children in our region. Tracey also serves as Chair of the Board of A+ Schools, where she advocates for district-wide improvements in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Tracey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two children.