Jamila White

Senior Africa Representative
Mercy Corps

Jamila White is an International Development Specialist, Humanitarian, and Pan Africanist with more than 12 years of experience managing, designing, implementing multi-million-dollar complex donor funded agriculture/agribusiness, economic growth, ICT, and emergency response programs in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Before starting her career, Jamila obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Hampton University and a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development and International Affairs, from Indiana University. Jamile started her journey in international development after studying abroad in Senegal her sophomore year of colleage and has spent the majority of her career living in West Africa working on development initiatives in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Ghana, Guinea, and Nigeria for both the private sector and INGOs. Her most rewarding and humbling opportunity was being an Ebola fighter where she managed the National Ebola Response Call Center in Sierra Leone which was the first leg of the response.

Jamila is the Senior Africa Representative for Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitarians who partner with communities, corporations and governments to transform lives around the world by alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression to help people build secure, productive and just communities.  Jamila helps drive implementation of Mercy Corps Africa’s strategy to:  Champion and Empower the Young African Leader and co-chairs Mercy Corps DC based People of Color Affinity Group.

Jamila is the co- founder of the Geraldine N. Coleman “a Seat at the Kitchen Table” College Scholarship Fund (a family fund she created to honor the legacy of her late grandmother who championed women's rights, education, and economic freedom), a fellow with the Aspen Institute International Career Advancement Program (ICAP),  Board Advisor at the Africa Summit, Co-Chair of the Society for International Development's Young Professional Network where she uses her platform to increase the equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the industry by hosting discussions and events focused on  #metoo, LGBTQI and sexual minorities, young professionals breaking into the industry, and racial diversity in foreign affairs. In addition, Jamila is a volunteer mentor with College Bound, Strategic Advisor for One World Exchange, Atlas Corps Volunteer, and works with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to develop the next pipeline of Black leaders in Foreign Affairs.

Jamila resides in Washington D.C. and enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, the Arts, meditation, shopping, and decorating in her free time