Jilisa is an Alabama-based attorney and social worker with a breadth of experience in community organizing and social movements.
She has been a leader in major social justice initiatives and organizations demanding transformative change on a local, regional, and national level. She became one of the founders of Black Lives Matter Birmingham Chapter, namely as a survivor of police violence. She has supported the development of many grassroots organizations and coalitions such as Yellowhammer Fund, S.W.E.E.T Alabama, People’s Budget Birmingham, and more. She’s currently the Vice-President of the board of National Lawyers Guild.
Jilisa’s background in law and policy includes work including immigration law, family law, heirs property, disability justice, and state-level policy advocacy around state budget and tax, and racial justice. Her connection to and passion for environmental justice stems from her commitment to intersectionality and justice, and her identity as native Birminhamian with a family history of workers in Birmingham’s steel industry.