Born and raised in inner-city Atlanta, Georgia, Jil has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University and a Bachelors of Arts in Intercultural Studies for Business from Wofford College (2001) with studies at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain. Jil is fluent in Spanish and studied Japanese. She served as the Executive Director/CEO for the YWCA of Greenville for nearly 4 years. She has been an Urban Leaguer for the past 10 years serving as Young Professionals Chapter President, NULYP Southern Region Vice President, and NULYP Treasurer. She currently serves at the first femalePresident & CEO of the Urban League of the Upstate.The Urban League of the Upstate is a $2 million dollar organization with over 20 staff and contractors spanning across 10 counties. Her role allows her to combine her passion for people and community into a job she loves!
On January 20, 2009, she was elected to serve on Greenville City Council. In the summer of 2011 she was re-elected to a full four year term. She is the youngest member on council and one of two minorities. Jil has been recognized as a Women Making History Honoree, Greenville Magazine Top 50 Most Influential People, Ebony Magazine Top Young Leader under 30, Greenville Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year Finalist, Greenville Link Magazine’s Top 50, and Greenville’s Best & Brightest Under 35. Jil has participated in Leadership South Carolina, Diversity Leadership Academy, Leadership Greenville, Leadership Spartanburg, Connections: Women’s Leadership Program, and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. Jil is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and actively involved with numerous nonprofits. She is also the founder of the Talented Tenth Greenville Leadership Conference.