Biography

Jamila (jah-mee-lah”) is an attorney, youth advocate and small business owner with a passion for community service and a commitment to serving the public good. She holds 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 2007Jamila worked as the central area network coordinator for the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiativewhere she oversaw community interventions and supported young people facing family, peer or gang conflict; court involvement; school suspension or expulsionhomelessness or other risk factors for youth violence.  

Jamila launched a legal practice and nonprofit consulting business in 2014before 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 and Veterans Committee, and serves on the Community and Economic Development and Transportation Committees. She also serves as chair of the Black Members Caucus.