Philadelphia, November 24, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the departure of Jamira Burley, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Youth Commission, who will become the Senior Campaigner for Gun Violence and Human Rights for Amnesty International USA. Ms. Burley’s last day of city employment will be Friday, December 5th.
“As the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Youth Commission, Jamira Burley is a champion for all issues related to youth in our city,” said Mayor Nutter. “As the first of sixteen children to graduate from high school and college, she is a leader in her family and among her peers. During her time with the Commission, Jamira has been an advocate for genuine youth engagement, global citizenship, education reform, black male achievement and gun violence prevention – issues relevant to all Philadelphians, but especially our young people. I am proud of what she has accomplished and I am confident she will have continued success in her future endeavors.”
In addition to her work with the Youth Commission, Ms. Burley is the United States representative to the United Nations Global Education First Initiative, Youth Advocacy Group. She is also the co-founder of GenYNot, a partnership with the League of Young Voters, which is an online platform that uses youth experiences to generate discussion and solutions to youth issues. Her writing has been featured in the Philadelphia Tribune, BET, the Philadelphia Daily News, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, ABC, USA Today and the Huffington Post.
“It has been an honor serving this administration and working alongside some of the most dedicated city employees, many of whom understand the need for authentic youth engagement,” said Ms. Burley. “I sincerely thank Mayor Michael Nutter and the people of Philadelphia for allowing me to represent the needs and concerns of Philadelphia’s youth; a population that too often goes unheard. My departure is both bitter sweet and humbling as I join a new community of change-agents, which puts protecting individual rights at the very heart of its work. My brother Andre was shot and killed 9 years ago and his murder, along with countless others, is the reason I step into this new role at Amnesty International USA with passion and a sense of urgency because every second we don’t act – another life is taken, families and communities destroyed. I hope that in this new capacity, I can continue to serve the citizens of Philadelphia and anyone else who may have their rights violated because of who they are or what they believe in.”
As the Senior Campaigner for Gun Violence and Human Rights for Amnesty International USA, Ms. Burley will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the organization’s new campaign against gun violence.
Prior to joining the Nutter Administration in May 2012, Ms. Burley was the Student Leadership Coordinator at the Philadelphia School District and the national coordinator at the National Peace Alliance and Student Peace Alliance. She also served as a board member of the Daily News People’s Editorial Board, as a fellow for the Center for Progressive Leadership and as the Governor’s Appointee for the Commission on Children and Families. She is a graduate of Temple University with majors in International Business and Legal Studies.