UAB’s Jamika Kirk is a BBJ “Top 40 Under 40”

The Birmingham Business Journal has named UAB’s Jamika Kirk to its list of Birmingham’s best and brightest, the “Top 40 under 40” for 2012.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Jamika Kirk has been named by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of the city’s “Top 40 under 40.”

Kirk_Jamika_webFor more than 25 years, the annual awards honor the best and brightest young professionals in the Birmingham business community.

Kirk, 30, is an alumni affairs specialist for the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. In her role at UAB she develops and executes alumni relations programs to engage alumni in life-long relationships with the university. Previously, she was the assistant director of experiential education in the UAB Career Services office.

Kirk was nominated by YWCA Central Alabama for her work as president of the YWCA Junior Board. She is also chair-elect for the Junior League of Birmingham’s “The Market” fund raiser. She is on the board of directors for the UAB Minority Health Research Center Young Professionals, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama and Bare Hands Gallery.

Kirk, along with four other community volunteers, recently started a local affiliated chapter of the national Young Nonprofit Professional Network to enhance development and training of Birmingham’s next generation of nonprofit leaders. Kirk has been recognized by Birmingham magazine as one of Birmingham’s Young Professional Movers and Shakers and was honored with a YP award by B-Metro magazine. She also has received the Omicron Omega Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Young Professional Legacy of Leadership honoree award.

Prior to joining UAB, Kirk was director of diversity programs at the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, now known as Birmingham Business Alliance.