Jehmu Greene is the Founder of Barbara’s Legacy, a new initiative dedicated to amplifying the voices and vision of women of color. With a curriculum designed from her 25 years at the forefront of progressive advocacy, Barbara’s Legacy will train, nurture, and directly support women of color to help them thrive as impactful thought leaders. A Distinguished Fellow at the Athena Center for Leadership at Barnard College, Jehmu is also a Fox News Political Analyst where she has unapologetically defended progressive values and policies on the network for the last decade. Together with Jose Vargas, Alicia Menendez and Jake Brewer, she co-founded Define American, an organization that uses media and culture to elevate the immigration reform conversation and was recently named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in America. She is also a Founding Board Member of VoteRunLead, a non-partisan organization that has trained more than 35,000 women to run for office.
As a national trainer for VoteRunLead, Jehmu travels the country empowering women to run as they are, including Representatives Ilhan Omar and Lauren Underwood and Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin. In 2017, Jehmu was the only woman of color to run for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Jehmu previously served as the U.S. president and global Chief Marketing Officer of WakaWaka, working to bring solar power to people living without access to electricity; president of Rock the Vote, where under her leadership young voter turnout had the highest increase ever recorded; and president of the Women’s Media Center where she designed the Name It, Change It campaign to fight sexism against women candidates and trained progressive women to amplify their voices in the media. From Botswana to Ukraine, Jehmu has traveled the world training young people and women to amplify their voices and increase their political power. She was appointed to the U.S. Commission for UNESCO by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. An award-winning media and advocacy strategist, evangelist for social good, guacamole aficionado and proud Texan, Jehmu splits her time between Austin and NYC.