"She had nothing to fall back on; not maleness, not whiteness, not ladyhood. not anything. And out of the profound desolation of her reality she may well have invented herself." -- Toni Morrison

Jamia Wilson is a feminist media activist, organizer, and storyteller passionate about creatively using all forms of media to help new voices be heard.

Jamia is the executive director of YTH (Youth Health Tech www.yth.org) and a staff writer for Rookie Magazine. Before joining YTH in 2013, Jamia was the TED Prize Storyteller, leading TED Conference’s editorial strategy for the $1 million prize. Her previous roles include 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.

Jamia has been recognized as a next generation leader in advocacy movements, including as one of Refinery29’s “17 Faces of the Future of Feminism” and as a #SmartFeministofTwitter by Ms. Magazine blog. Jamia’s words and works have been featured in CBS News, C-SPAN, Forbes.com, Slate, Salon, New York Magazine, Rookie Magazine, the TODAY Show, the Washington Post, and more. She is a contributor to Women of Spirit and Faith’s 2011 anthology Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power, the 40th anniversary edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, Rookie Yearbook 1 and Rookie Yearbook, 2, I Believe Anita Hill (Feminist Press), and Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop (2012).

She is also a frequent speaker at events like Netroots, the Civil Liberties and Public Policy’s conference, Facing Race, Women!Action! Media, and the National Conference for Media Reform.

Jamia’s community ties run deep—she is a member of the Hollaback! advisory board, the Feminist.com and Omega Institute boards, and the #femfuture leadership team, and is a co-founding leadership committee member of SPARK Movement.

A southerner who grew up in Saudi Arabia, Jamia has a B.A. in communications from American University and a M.A. in humanities and social thought from New York University.