Medina grew up in La Puente and Bloomington, CA and became Bloomington High School's youngest graduate at age fifteen. As a member of the National Spanish Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi), she graduated (cum laude) from CMC in 1999 with a B.A. in Spanish. She studied abroad at the University of Barcelona and earned a Master of Education degree at Claremont Graduate University. By the age of 20, she was teaching Spanish at the high school level.
Now a resident of Rialto, CA, Medina is employed as a trainer and training coordinator for State Compensation Insurance Fund of California. Last year she was awarded the "State Fund's Achievement Award for Extraordinary Work and Achievement." She also owns the Medina Academy of Overachievers, a private tutoring program in select subjects for all ages.
Jameelah Medina's return to CMC is jointly sponsored by the Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Center and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.