Jamila E. Taylor is a staff attorney with PDA’s Racial Disparity Project. Prior to joining PDA, Jamila was the former Statewide Advocacy Counsel at Northwest Justice Project leading a network of legal aid attorneys helping domestic violence survivors and other crime victims. Jamila has also owned her own consulting firm and private law practice that focused on family law, small businesses, and nonprofits. Prior to that, she worked for five years in a senior management role for the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative as the Central Area Network Coordinator. She led a team tasked with coordinating community-based interventions and supports to 400+ young people in the Central Area experiencing family, peer or gang conflict; court involvement; school suspension or expulsion; homelessness or other risk factors. She helped to establish the first city-funded street outreach team focused on youth violence prevention. She implemented anti-poverty strategies, culturally relevant programming, fostered effective collaboration and community leadership to serve the youth.
Outside of her professional endeavors, Jamila is an energetic motivator with “an unrelenting focus on developing community capacity.” Among her many community leadership efforts, Jamila is a founding board member of BlackPast.org, the largest free online reference center for African American history that reaches more than 5 million people each year. She received Loren Miller Bar Association’s Volunteer of the Year award for her leadership as the chair of LMBA’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. She was also honored as a Gold Award Legacy recipient by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington for her long-standing commitment to public service.
Jamila is a 2016 Washington Leadership Institute Fellow and a 2013 alum of Leadership Tomorrow. She graduated from University of Oregon School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence and obtained her BA in Sociology from Virginia State University.