ACHIEVEability is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamila Harris-Morrison as its new Executive Director. Jamila has been part of the organization for more than 10 years. “We are thrilled to welcome Jamila into the role of Executive Director. She has been a tremendous leader at the organization for more than a decade,” says Tim Thornton, President of the Board of Directors for ACHIEVEability and Director at Philly 311. “Jamila is committed to deepening our commitment to West Philadelphia residents and her experience and focus on the work is a perfect fit as we continue to expand our self-sufficiency services.”
Jamila previously held roles as ACHIEVEability’s Deputy Director and Director of Self-Sufficiency. A lifelong Philadelphian and advocate for vulnerable families, Jamila has dedicated her career to helping vulnerable families to reach their full potential as contributors to a vibrant community. “This community means so much to me - I am excited to represent our work and advocate for the values of ACHIEVEability,” says Jamila. While the poverty level in Philadelphia is an astounding 26%, the community served by ACHIEVEability sits at 37%. “Our work is needed now more than ever – we have to do better for the families of Philadelphia. Let’s step up and work together to solve poverty – one family at a time.”
Jamila graduated with honors from Clark University with a degree in Psychology and is a Master of Social Work candidate May 2017 at University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. Ms. Harris-Morrison has over 15 years of experience in counseling, educational and evaluative services for children and adults. Billy Penn recently featured Ms. Harris-Morrison as one of Philadelphia’s Upcoming Community Leaders.
“Our future is bright!” notes Jamila as she speaks of their strategic alliance with Mission First Housing Group, formed in 2015 to enhance ACHIEVEability’s operations and management of its 144 affordable housing units. In fact, Mission First and ACHIEVEability will be closing on a new housing project, Haddington III Preservation Initiative, in the coming months, which will preserve 48 housing units for program participants.
Jamila also lends her expertise and compassion to other organizations outside of ACHIEVEability. She is a mentor for Philadelphia Futures, and is a member of Women’s Way – Young Women Initiative, as well as the National Association of Black Social Workers.