Jaleesa J. Brumfield has lived in Chattanooga since 2000 and considers herself a native. She holds an Associates of Liberal Arts from Chattanooga State Technical Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community and Public Health from Middle Tennessee State University and Masters of Public Health from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a host of public health related certifications. Jaleesa currently serves as the City of Chattanooga’s Community Forward Program Coordinator at Orchard Knob Middle School. Prior to joining the Community Forward team, she worked for the City of Chattanooga’s Office of Early Learning, where she served as Parent- Family Community Engagement Specialist. In addition, Jaleesa has worked in a host of organizations such as Erlanger Health Systems, Hamilton County Health Department, Hamilton County Department of Education and Girls Inc. of Chattanooga. She is also currently co leading Early Childhood Health Equity working group for Early Matters. In all of the positions she has served in she consistently had one common mission- to create systems that works for children and families. 

Jaleesa’s goal is to simply make the world a better place and models her life after Shirley Chisholm’s quote, “service is the rent you pay for living on this earth”. Over the years, she has developed a great passion in systems reconstruction and black maternal health. She has committed her life to assist in addressing disparities, social injustices and inequities related to public health. 

Fun Fact: Jaleesa was named after Jaleesa- Vinson on the popular late 80s sitcom A Different World. She was her dad’s favorite character.