Our founder, Jamillah Finley oversees BreakBox Thought Collective's projects with the help of a small cohort of program assistant interns in a 12 month administrative training, using the social justice framework, "nothing about us, created without us, is for us."


With more than twenty years experience as an English teacher in the public school system, Jamillah has worked throughout Fresno County: as Director of Roosevelt High School's IRS Business Academy, a CTE Partnership program placing students in employment positions with the Internal Revenue Service, Artist in Residence for Fresno County Office of Education, a $10,000 grant awarded (2013-2015) as director of the Talented Tenth, a performance arts-based mentoring program addressing social issues through assemblies, statewide.


​In 2011, Jamillah was named Fresno Unified School District's Teacher of the Year, and wasFresno County Office of Education's Educator of the Year nominee. In 2015, State of California Assemblyman, Henry T. Perea awarded her with the African American Heritage Award for Excellence in Education.

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