Alumni Spotlight: Jamia Wilson
Jamia Wilson is the new Executive Director for Youth Tech Health. She graduated from American University in 2002 with a degree in Public Communications. We were able to get an exclusive interview with Jamia about her involvement with Choice USA and she has developed into the advocate that she is today.
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How were you involved with Choice USA?
I was the Secretary on the Executive Board for my chapter. I’m still in touch with some of the members of my chapter and loved being a part of a supportive, diverse, and dynamic pro-choice community on campus.
What do you do now and how do you bring a reproductive justice frame to the work you do?
I am the new Executive Director of YTH (Youth Tech Health). YTH is the partner of choice for those in search of cutting-edge ways to use social media and mobile technology to advance youth health and wellness. I oversee YTH’s initiatives that use emerging, startling, and sometimes, simple technologies to reach young people with honest information about their health and wellness.
What other things have you done since graduating?
It has been an honor and a privilege to work with organizations whose values I hold dear. Before joining YTH in 2013, I was the TED Prize Storyteller, leading TED Conference’s editorial strategy for the $1 million prize. Some of my previous roles include serving as vice president of programs at Women’s Media Center, youth outreach manager at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and communications specialist at People for the American Way. Being active in the online feminist and reproductive justice communities continues to inspire and nourish me. I’m currently a member of the Hollaback! advisory board, the Feminist.com and Omega Institute boards, and the #femfuture leadership team. I’ve also had the pleasure of being a co-founding leadership committee member of SPARK Movement and amplifying my voice in publications like the Ms. Magazine Blog, Rookie Magazine, GOOD, TED.com, Women’s Media Center and more.