Founder & Co-Executive Director, Zero Hour
Jamie is an 18-year-old Colombian-American community organizer, activist, author, media spokesperson, public speaker, and high school student.
She is founder and co-executive director of the international youth climate justice movement called Zero Hour that led the official "Youth Climate Marches" in Washington, DC and 25+ cities around the world during the summer of 2018. Jamie has organized countless actions for change and protests like the "2019 Youth Climate Summit” in Miami Florida and Youth Climate Lobby Days on Capitol Hill both in 2018 and in 2019.
Jamie is the author of countless thought provoking Op-Eds for various publications such as The New York Times, Teen Vogue, TIME Magazine, and The Guardian, and has been on both American and international speaking tours for climate justice all while being in high school.
She represents Zero Hour at international leadership events like the C40 Mayors summit and the UN Youth Climate Summit and serves as a media spokesperson for the youth climate movement, going on national and international TV, radio, and print publications to spread the word about climate justice and the youth movement.
As a fluent Spanish speaker thanks to her Colombian heritage, Jamie has been able to be a spokesperson not only on English speaking TV channels, shows and publications, but also in the Spanish speaking world.
Jamie is also a plaintiff on Our Children's Trusts' Youth v. Gov Washington state lawsuit, suing the state of Washington for denying her generation's constitutional rights to a livable environment by worsening the climate crisis, and she is a climate justice organizer in her local Seattle community.
Jamie’s debut book, "Youth To Power: Your Voice and How To Use It,” is hitting bookstores worldwide June 2nd of 2020 (pre order at www.youthtopowerbook.com ) and it will serve as the ultimate guide to being a young activist and organizer.
Jamie is one of Teen Vogue’s “21 Under 21” girls changing the world in 2018, One of People Magazines 25 women changing the world in 2018, Fuse TV’s Latina Trailblazer of 2018, one of The Today Show’s 18 under 18 Groundbreakers of 2019, MTV EMA Generation Change winner of 2019, and one of the BBC's 100 most influential women of 2019.