Jamila (“jah-mee-lah”) is a public interest attorney, youth advocate and small business owner with a passion for community service and a commitment to serving the public good. She has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and a law degree from the University of Oregon. The daughter of a history professor and a Girl Scout office administrator, she was raised to value education and service — values that continue to shape her work today.
After moving to King County in 2007, Jamila worked as the central area network coordinator for the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, where she oversaw community interventions and supported young people facing family, peer or gang conflict; court involvement; school suspension or expulsion; homelessness; and other risk factors for youth violence.
Jamila launched a legal practice and nonprofit consulting business in 2014, before later joining Northwest Justice Project in 2017. As NJP’s statewide advocacy counsel, she managed a network of attorneys representing domestic violence survivors and other crime victims.
She lives in Federal Way and was elected to the Legislature in 2020. Jamila is vice chair of the Housing, Human Services & Veterans Committee, and serves on the Community & Economic Development and Transportation Committees. She also chairs the Legislative Black Caucus.