Jamila Medley is a passionate advocate and educator for the advancement and growth of the cooperative economy. She is executive director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA).
Jamila was introduced to the co-op business model at Mariposa Food Co-op in West Philadelphia. She is experienced in creating and facilitating workshops and trainings focused on examining participatory leadership principles and how to practice them. Throughout her career, Jamila has strengthened organizations by helping their stakeholders gain knowledge and skills that enable them to participate fully in their roles as staff, board members, and volunteers.
Jamila holds a master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies at Connecticut College. She serves on the board of directors for Media Mobilizing Project and also works as a consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op.