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Spiwe Jefferson, Amplify Education
Spiwe Jefferson, Amplify Education

In-House Counsel 2022: Spiwe Jefferson

Spiwe Jefferson’s parents were college educators and administrators who emphasized the importance of education. That theme, which “really stuck with me,” led the native of Zimbabwe to her current position as deputy general counsel for Amplify Education Inc., a Brooklyn, New York-based provider of curriculum and assessment solutions for students in kindergarten through high school.

A 1993 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, Jefferson first came to the U.S. from Zimbabwe in 1975, returning there with her parents in 1977. About a decade later she returned to the U.S. to attend college.

In 2021, Jefferson was recruited to join Amplify from Minneapolis law firm Blackwell Burke, where she had made significant contributions as director of strategic planning.

In her first year with Amplify, Jefferson won the firm’s Bright Beginnings award for new employees who have had an immediate positive impact.

Jefferson says what she likes most about working at Amplify is that “we are wholly committed to providing high quality education, and not just to kids who live in nice suburbs. This organization really does care about making sure all children have access to a quality education.”

Jefferson has been a longtime professional mentor, both formally and informally, to younger colleagues, to provide them “the kind of growth opportunities I have had,” she says. Jefferson also participates in the Amplify and Corporate Counsel Women of Color mentor programs, in addition to informally mentoring young professionals.

Her other volunteer causes have included Aeon Homes, Iowa Homeless Youth Centers, Dayton Pro Bono program, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the American Bar Association, the Lewis Sports Foundation (teaching kids life skills through sports), serving as an investigator for the Hennepin County Fourth District and more.

In 2005, Jefferson became interested in mindful meditation through a former boss. She went on to become a certified mindfulness practitioner and coach, and authored a book providing five-minute meditation exercises for busy people. It is the first of a planned series of books.

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