Jillian grew up in upstate New York and has been living in the Bay Area for six years. She studied Sociology and African Diaspora at Ithaca College, committing herself to service work. She volunteered with AmeriCorps as an educator, implementing her own movement/dance programs in schools and summer camps. She stumbled upon coffee when looking to stay in the Bay Area to continue teaching and learning movement. She is now a co-owner of The Ubuntu Coffee Cooperative Inc, a small local roastery in Emeryville. Her experiences and education locally and around the world have contributed to her commitment to the communities in which she has lived. She hopes that the philosophies of ownership, identity, acknowledgment, and resistance will raise the next generations and believes that music is a tool to catalyze such changes in our artistic education for youth.