Jahmese Myres (she/they) serves as the Leadership Development Director at the Partnership. She supports the Partnership’s national staff and local affiliates to increase their individual and collective resilience, strengthen relationships, sharpen their effectiveness, and build a leaderful movement.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Jahmese served as the Political Director for 2020 California ballot initiative, Prop 15: Schools & Communities First. She also spent nearly 9 years at East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) leading community benefit campaigns, civic engagement and ballot measures, and organizational management. Her work with powerful community and labor coalitions has resulted in groundbreaking wins for economic justice including job access for the formerly incarcerated, local hire requirements, minimum and living wage increases, tenants’ rights, and protections for women on the job. Jahmese also served on the City of Oakland Planning Commission from 2014-2020 fighting for equity during one of the city’s biggest development booms.
Jahmese holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from Saint Mary’s College of California and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from University of California, Irvine. She identifies as a proud Black queer woman, third generation Californian, and health & wellness enthusiast. She can ordinarily be found walking 10k steps a day around the neighborhood with her partner and their dog, Frida.