Jamal’s career has spanned finance, media, theater, entrepreneurship, and technology. What ties it all together is a passion for how creative thinking and communication unfold in a business context. Nothing is more exciting to him than helping others find their voice.

As Director, Marketing and Business Development at JDI, Jamal gets to reframe the questions that founding teams are facing. In these conversations, he counsels on messaging, client acquisition, and public relations tactics that push business strategies forward. Risk takers spark Jamal’s curiosity; uncovering their drivers, goals, and emotions is his favorite part of the job.

Jamal studied International Business and Finance at Howard University, and Finance and Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to JDI, Jamal had a 15 year career as a licensed investment professional. His experience at boutique investment management firms William Blair & Company and Dimensional Fund Advisors gave him a deep appreciation for the value of good advice.

Jamal is also the founder of a media platform designed to help users fall in love with new thoughts and thinkers. As an entrepreneur, he knows firsthand the challenges of resonating with users, triangulating around a value proposition, and creating order out of chaos.

Outside the office, Jamal is often reading the Economist, working on his deadlift, or watching Netflix. And chilling.

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I was born and raised in Chicago.
I eat oatmeal every morning.
I only buy used cars.
I drink a lot of green tea.