Demetria is a tireless advocate for entrepreneurs, communities, businesses, and policies that positively impact the revitalization of American cities.

For more than six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., Demetria served as a policy analyst and White House Political Appointee in the Administration of President Barack Obama. Demetria spearheaded a cross-agency collaboration to support the growth of minority-owned businesses with a revenue of $1M or more.Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Demetria, a Chicago native, served as an academic advisor at the African American Academic Network at the University of Illinois, where she helped first-generation/low-income students achieve college completion, and successfully transition into the working world. Now, as the Co-Founder of the Jamii Group, Demetria Gallagher leads the company’s focus on cross-sector business development, innovation, and social impact.