Aqeelah-Jihaada Thompson was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and developed a deep interest in Sociology. While receiving this education, Thompson learned more about the oppression that she saw around her, which deepened her interest in being a part of creating change in communities like where she came from — the East Side of Buffalo. Once she learned how the circumstances in her community were created and not “just the way things were,” she knew that meant she could help change those same circumstances. Now she is working to play a role in creating that change.
As Program Associate, Thompson builds lasting relationships with community members and leaders, provides administrative support to the Open Buffalo team, and manages daily office operations.
Thompson is also the founder of Rise to My Call, a business focused on empowering people through motivation and inspiration to take intentional action and live in their purpose.