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Ajeenah Amir, MSSP’12

  • Director of Communications, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.

Ajeenah Amir is a Philadelphia native, policy wonk, and communications maven. Her experience in publicity, community outreach, advocacy public affairs and events management was honed over 10 years through her work in boutique public relations firms, nonprofit organizations, and public broadcasting.

Ajeenah is currently Director of Communications for Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., who represents the 4th District for City Council of Philadelphia. Within this capacity, Ajeenah creates communications strategy, including speechwriting, social media management and media relations, which anchors the legislative and policy agenda for the Democratic Majority Leader. Ajeenah’s prior professional experience includes her role as national publicist for the re-release of Eyes on the Prize II, and UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, both broadcast nationally on PBS. Ajeenah has garnered national media placements and bookings in USA Today, The Today Show, Newsweek,The Washington Post and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. Her experience and passions have also been shaped by promoting health equity, strengthening the labor movement, and advancing social justice with diverse clients including, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the NAACP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Ajeenah also served as promotions producer and outreach associate for WHUT-TV, Washington, DC’s PBS affiliate, where she created and implemented promotional campaigns using video and web content for PBS programs, local specials and community outreach initiatives.

Ajeenah earned her MS in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) and her BA in journalism from Howard University.

 

“SP2 offered me a host of companion skills that strengthened my communications experience and fortified my interest in tackling policy problems.The focus and in-depth instruction on research and evaluation methods in the MSSP program prepared me well for positions as Communications Director for Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., and Deputy Press Secretary for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.  Within these posts, I’ve been able to contribute to shaping and enacting policy with sharpened focus on gathering, understanding and synthesizing data and research for practical and impactful use.”

 

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