J.R. Jamison, Executive Director

J.R. Jamison has spent nearly two decades connecting higher education and nonprofits through meaningful community engagement partnerships to strengthen their impact and better orchestrate their narratives as one. His work on embedding community engagement into campus culture has been adopted by more than 40 colleges and universities across the globe, and he has written and won over $6 million of grants to support such engagement efforts.

He joined the Indiana Campus Compact team in July 2005 as the Program Director, was promoted to Associate Director in July 2006, and became the Executive Director in August 2014. As Executive Director, J.R. provides overall leadership for the organization and guides strategic partnerships along with the Board of Directors.

In addition to his work with Indiana Campus Compact, J.R. is a founder of The Facing Project, a national organization that connects people through stories to strengthen communities, where he also hosts The Facing Project Radio Program on NPR and through the NPR podcast app.

J.R.’s writing has been both academic and commercial. He has developed multiple community engagement curriculum guides, including the guide for Kelsey Timmerman’s 2012 book, “Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes” – a New York Times Bestseller that has been used as a common read at more than 100 high school and colleges throughout the country. He has contributed to numerous academic journals and he has been featured in The Huffington PostHarlem World MagazineSoul Train, and The Guardian. J.R. also serves as an editor for the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. His memoir, Hillbilly Queer, is forthcoming.