“While my background had been in environmental sustainability, the job was appealing because it spoke to how we help people and build our local communities.”
As her passion for community involvement flourished, so did her role – expanding to include corporate contributions, employee volunteerism, and strategic partnerships that furthered Aramark’s mission to do great things for employees, partners, communities, and the planet.
“The thing that I love is that every day, I’m able to do something – even if it’s not me personally donating a gift or making the contribution – by creating the framework through which all of this can happen. It enables employees everywhere to give back to the communities that they care about.”
Jami breaks down her role within Community Partnerships and the strategy overall into three components: Care. Give. Do. The organization and its employees focus on issues they care about, give time, money, and donations to support solutions, and engage in volunteer activities that drive change in their communities. Jami is proud to be a part of the team that leads Aramark’s broader Be Well. Do Well. strategy to create positive impact for the people and the planet.
“Community Partnerships is an inspiring space to be in. I wish I didn’t have to address the underlying issues – unequal access to education, food insecurity, health inequities, wealth disparity, and beyond, – but they exist, so I’m glad we are making an effort to help. To be in a role for a company like Aramark, where I can actually help direct the strategy to solve those issues, is really wonderful because we are genuinely making a difference.”
In reminiscing on a few of her favorite and most rewarding projects of her career, Jami commented on the impact that has been generated from Aramark’s collaboration with the American Heart Association on Healthy for Life, an innovative nutrition education curriculum. Together, they spent years creating nutrition and cooking education experiences designed to help families in underserved communities learn how to access, choose, and prepare the healthy food they need.
“We spent a lot of time developing the content, refining it, performing evaluations, and getting it to a point where we felt like it was really strong and unique enough to differentiate it from other similar programming. Since we’ve released it, it’s been used by over 800 nonprofit organizations across the country. We put a lot of heart and soul into building something powerful, so much so that we’re continuing to invest in it today.”
Jami continues to foster partnerships where employees and customers can see meaningful change happening in their local communities. She and her team also work to coordinate numerous volunteer opportunities for employees each year, including Aramark Building Community Day – Aramark’s global day of community service.
“I come from a background of hospitality, so at a very practical level, I believe in the power of positive experiences and moments that matter.”
Moments that matter drive Aramark’s business forward, and leaders like Jami further the organization’s meaningful impact, creating better communities for tomorrow.
To learn more about what motivates Jami and how Aramark has supported her growth as a leader, check out the Q&A in this post!