Janea Jamison is a longtime advocate for racial and gender justice and a proud native of Assumption Parish in Louisiana.
In September 2022, Jamison was appointed under the Biden-Harris Administration as the Regional 6 Advocate for the South Central Region within the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy. In this role, Ms. Jamison represents the interests of small businesses in the western United States by collaborating with business owners, state and local governments, and business associations.
Throughout her career, she has focused on centering BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) women and girls in policy, organizing, and advocacy. Ms. Jamison is a founding member of the Women of Color Nonprofit Leaders for Change, a network of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) women leaders in philanthropy.
Her previous work with the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice contributed to the organizational growth and statewide program expansion, advancing voting rights, uplifting women of color in leadership positions, and supporting Black men and boys through mentorship and policy. Ms. Jamison has also worked with the East Baton Rouge Metro Council as the legislative assistant to former Councilwoman Erika L. Green (District-5) and as the Court System supervisor in Assumption Parish under Mayor Ron Animashaun. During Ms. Jamison’s tenure, her program areas included constituent relations and youth development.
Ms. Jamison earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and obtained her Master’s in Public Administration with honors from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ms. Jamison is a Fall 2009 initiate of the Beta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is currently an active member of the Omicron Lambda Omega Chapter in New Orleans. She is a proud member of St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church in Bertrandville, LA.
Ms. Jamison has received several honors and awards for her work and service. Most notably, she is the recipient of the Southern University Alumni Federation’s “Forty Under 40” award, and she was also named to the Baton Rouge Black Chamber of Commerce as a Woman of Influence. She is also a three x’s best-selling lead author and featured writer in the first, second, and third editions of the HBCU Experience Anthology: The Southern University System Edition.
In her spare time, she volunteers for local nonprofits and serves on various non-profit boards. She is a 2023 Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network (TILN) Fellow, a 2022 Congressional Black Caucus Advocacy and Campaign Training Alumni, a 2020 Cohort of the Institute of Politics: Loyola University New Orleans, and a 2019 BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity) Fellow.
Through a commitment to service to a cause greater than self, she hopes to inspire millennials to take an active stand in their communities.