Jamii Tata is serving as a Program Manager at Michigan Community Resources. Jamii comes to MCR with 15 years experience in the nonprofit field. Prior to MCR, he held positions with educational institutions, agricultural organizations, community development corporations and arts & culture groups across Detroit. Jamii is an avid literacy educator and runs literacy initiatives through a community organization he founded, Know Allegiance Nation (KAN), which seeks to educate young people through alternative models of learning, pedagogy and non-traditional schooling. Programs Jamii runs through KAN include the Illuminate: Literacy Entrepreneurs program and the KAN Books bookstore. Jamii also leads the Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition (OAAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in its work to establish an art corridor on Oakland Avenue in Detroit’s North End.
As Program Manager at MCR, Jamii supports the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) initiative by providing coaching to individual grantees and leading cohorts of grantees. He comes to this work as a previous KIP:D grantee, having received a grant for OAAC during KIP:D Round 3 in 2017. Jamii is passionate about building the capacity of Detroit residents to reclaim and sustain thriving neighborhoods.