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Jamila Martin

482Forward
Director of Operations
Detroit, MI
Jamila Martin is the Director of Operations of 482Forward, a Detroit-based education organizing network of neighborhood organizations, parents, and youth committed to ensuring that all Detroit children have access to an excellent education, regardless of their race or socioeconomic status. She was born and raised in Boston, MA. She started organizing in college with United Students Against Sweatshops, where she helped lead a successful student campaign in support of campus security guards who were pressing for better jobs. After graduating from Harvard with a BA in Government, she became a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Jamila then spent 2 years as a parent organizer in Southwest Detroit, building a network of parent committees in 10 schools that fought for and won improved school and city services before co-founding 482Forward.