Jil Littlejohn was born and raised in inner city Atlanta, Georgia. Jil holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University and a Bachelors of Arts in Intercultural Studies for Business from Wofford College (2001) with studies at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain.
Jil currently serves as the first female president and CEO of the Urban League of the Upstate where she is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, financial, executive, and administrative objectives. She also serves on the City Council of Greenville, and has served as a member since 2009. She is the youngest member of the council and is one of two minority representatives.
In addition to her executive roles, Jil is a 2015 Graduate of Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Municipal Elected Officials Institute. She has also been recognized as a Women Making History Honoree, Greenville Magazine Top 50 Influential People, Ebony Magazine Top Young Leader under 30, Greenville Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year Finalist, Greenville Link Magazine’s Top 50, and Greenville’s Best & Brightest Under 35.
Additionally, Jil serves as a public and community speaker for a multitude of events. Jil has been a keynote speaker at many events, ranging from graduations, both college and high school, to corporate engagement events, diversity talks, leadership seminars, youth engagement talks, and non-profit events.
Jil has participated in Leadership South Carolina, Diversity Leadership Academy, Leadership Greenville, Leadership Spartanburg, Leadership South Carolina, Connections: Women’s Leadership Program, and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. Jil is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and actively involved with numerous nonprofits. She is also the founder of the Talented Tenth Greenville Leadership Conference, which aims to connect young minority professionals with established business and civic leaders from across the Southeast.