Ajeenah Amir is a Philadelphia native and strategist passionate about equity, inclusion, storytelling and impact. Ajeenah is currently Director for the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement. She previously served as Deputy Communications Director for the Mayor’s Office, managing and advising the communications strategy for a broad portfolio of departments, including Planning and Development, the Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion from 2016 through 2018. Prior to joining the Kenney Administration, Ajeenah worked as Deputy Press Secretary for PA Governor Tom Wolf and as Associate State Director for Communications with AARP Pennsylvania. Prior to her tenure in government, her wide-ranging experience in publicity, community outreach, advocacy public affairs and events management was honed over ten years through her work in public affairs firms, nonprofit organizations, and public broadcasting. Amir earned her MS at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Howard University in Washington, DC.
“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.”