Having an affinity for storytelling, Jaimee Swift is a truth-seeker at heart. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Master of Arts in Political Science from Temple University and Howard University, respectively, Swift is passionate about racial and social justice, gender and health equity. She’s been published in an array of media outlets including The Washington Post, AfroPunk, The Huffington Post, The Grio, For Harriet, OkayAfrica, Blavity, Heed Magazine, Salon.com, LA Progressive, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and Montgomery Media. Having interviewed several prominent politicians, journalists and activists such as Dilma Rousseff, the first female president of Brazil; Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who uncovered the Flint water crisis; and former CNN anchor, Zain Verjee, Swift is a PhD candidate and graduate fellow at Howard University, studying Afro-Brazilian women activists efforts to counter racialized state violence and gender-based violence in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
She was also Editor-at-Large for The Hilltop newspaper, “the student voice of Howard University since 1924”, which was started by renown author, writer, and Harlem Renaissance extraordinaire, Zora Neale Hurston. Swift is the first Editor-at-Large in the history of the newspaper. She is in the 2017 cohort of contributing writers for the African-American Intellectual History Society’s (AAIHS) blog, Black Perspectives and sits on the board of AAIHS. She is also the Communications and Development Fellow at One Common Unity, an organization whose mission is to “break cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education.”
Prior to her doctoral program, Swift was a Global Health Corps Fellow, which is a movement that mobilizes global leaders in the fight for health equity. In this capacity, she served as the Communications and Youth Advocacy Officer at Together for Girls, a global public-private partnership that works with five United Nations agencies, the U.S. and Canadian government, and private sector organizations to end violence against children, with a specific focus on ending violence against girls. She also served as the managing editor of Safe magazine, the first-ever digital magazine focused on the global epidemic of violence against children. It tells the stories of the people, organizations and countries combatting violence and protecting the well-being and safety of boys and girls around the globe. Engaging young people from all over the world to write for the magazine, Swift also created successful social media campaigns and partnered with global organizations such at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s End Trafficking Project, Youth For Change, and the Special Olympics.
Featured as a guest commentator on RT America for her coverage of the Flint water crisis and also on WURD 900 AM radio’s The Nick Taliaferro Show and WURD Up, Swift was also a co-panelist at a parallel event at the United Nation’s Women’s Commission on the Status of Women in March 2016. An avid traveler, she was also a guest speaker at the Media Challenge Initiative in Kampala, Uganda and recently was in Cuba interviewing youth activists. Gaining an array of experiences with placements at The White House, CNN, and NBC Universal and media features on Philly.com, CBS Philly, Campus Philly, and CBS News, Swift has won countless awards including the National Association for Black Journalists’ Allison E. Fisher Scholarship, the Vira I. Heinz Women in Global Leadership Scholarship, and the Lew Klein Excellence in Media Award.
When she is not writing, studying, dancing to Beyoncé, drinking excessive amounts of coffee or eating nachos, she likes to talk about social justice, race, and Womanism on Twitter. You can follow her @JaimeeSwift.