Jamie Newsome was born and raised in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. After graduating from Lee’s Summit West High-School, Newsome attended Indiana State University where she majored in Human and Environmental Systems. While attending Indiana State, she was involved in Black Student Union and was a member of the Indiana State Track team. After graduating from Indiana State, she received an internship with the Bureau of Land Management as a Park Ranger at Loon Lake in Oregon. Once the internship ended, Newsome relocated to Eugene where she worked as a brand ambassador for a local company. While working, she found time to volunteer as a garden educator for elementary kids. Newsome is currently a board member for the Long Tom Watershed Council. In her free time, she likes to go to the beach, on long hikes, roller skate, paint and read.