Jamila Porter

Director of Programs and Evaluation

Safe States Alliance

Dr. Jamila Porter is the Director of Programs and Evaluation at the Safe States Alliance in Atlanta, where she provides strategic direction of the organization’s program, policy, and evaluation initiatives. As an injury prevention professional and an advocate for walkable, health-focused communities, Jamila has created initiatives like the Pedestrian Injury Prevention Action Team Program, which connects state and local professionals across diverse disciplines — including public health, urban planning, engineering, law enforcement, and housing — to collaboratively address pedestrian injury prevention, active transportation, and community safety goals. As an evaluator, Jamila uses her expertise to train health department staff members and their partners how to successfully evaluate injury and violence prevention programs and policies. She has also developed innovative resources like the “Evaluation Guide for Pedestrian Safety, a comprehensive, step-by-step guide that engages users to evaluate pedestrian safety interventions. The guide empowers users to determine interventions that work and to build the evidence base in support of safe and healthy community design.

Jamila earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Health Policy and Administration from Wake Forest University, a Master of Public Health degree from Mercer University School of Medicine, and a Doctorate of Public Health from the University of Georgia College of Public Health.

BOLD SOLUTION: Jamila developed and ran the Pedestrian Injury Prevention Action Team Program, an initiative designed to strengthen multidisciplinary partnerships to enhance pedestrian safety at state and local levels. The program resulted in new and stronger partnerships across disciplines in each state, refined pedestrian safety interventions that met the needs of specific communities, and showcased the value of public health leadership in an area generally considered to be solely within the purview of transportation professionals.
The day-to-day work involved in creating safe and healthy communities is complex and difficult. However, I welcome these challenges and the opportunities they bring to collaborate with a diverse array of professionals who are working to prevent injuries and violence in states and communities across the nation.