BS, Cornell University; MEd, Harvard University; JD, Ohio State University
Dean of Global and Diversity Education
Work Phone: 860-945-7888
Year Appointed: 2010
Jamella earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, where she also minored in business. During her undergraduate years, she worked as a vice president of development and special initiatives at Concept Schools in Chicago, where she helped raise nearly $2 million and composed the organization’s first strategic business plan. She also worked as a summer associate at Dinsmore & Shohl in Columbus, Ohio, and as a basketball camp counselor and director in Seguin, Texas. Furthermore, she worked as a volunteer at the Greater Ithaca Activity Center, an administrative assistant for the Cornell Cooperative Extension program, a 4-H Program youth development intern, an office manager and Youth Employment Program assistant at the Ithaca Youth Bureau. After graduating from Cornell, she served as a corps member and service leader at City Year of Columbus. From there, while earning a master’s in education at Harvard, she worked as an elementary school teacher at King Elementary School in Cambridge, MA; worked as a facilitator in the Harvard Summer Literacy Institute; and as a literacy teacher at the Dorchester Neighborhood Charter School. In search of the next challenge, she worked as a program officer for City Year, Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon returning to Ohio from South Africa, she served as the vice president of communications and professional development at the Ohio Charter School Association. In 2010, Jamella earned a Juris Doctor at Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, a program for which she was the Katherine C. Jones Scholarship recipient. She was also awarded the Marsha Schermer Scholarship by the Columbus Bar Foundation; and at graduation, she was awarded the Harry S. and Georgina Lett Memorial Award for outstanding service to the Moritz College of Law. At Taft, Jamella serves as head of the Global Service & Scholarship Department, enabling her to combine and live her primary interests in international and health issues in an educational setting. She also helps organize Community Service Day, coaches girls’ thirds basketball and lives in Centennial.