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Jamileh Ebrahimi – RYSE

Jamileh Ebrahimi was born and raised in Oakland, Calif., and majored in Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. She started organizing for change in Youth Together (YT) at the age of 13 as a mentee in the YT Summer Program. She continued working with YT throughout high school and was one of the main youth organizers who advocated for the One Land One People Youth Center at Skyline High School in Oakland.

Following high school graduation she became the Regional Organizer at YT where she worked for seven years organizing the regional and Ethnic Studies conferences, campaign planning and doing local, regional, statewide and national coalition work for educational justice. Following her employment at YT she joined RYSE as the Healthy Richmond Youth Team Organizer. She was a member of the BSU at Berkeley Community College, Organize Da B.A.Y., Schools Not Jails Coalition and the Just Act Core Group, where she had the opportunity to travel to Brazil for the World Social Forum.

She also spent this last year living in a semi-rural region of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic where she worked at a local lavanderia and later co-owned an internet cafe. Jamileh has a deep commitment to education, organizing, organizational and community sustainability and movement building and through her 11+ years of community organizing she has discovered the importance of community empowerment, healthy living and justice.