Jeila graduated with a BFA from Otis Parsons School of Design in 1991. After graduating, she worked in art departments and costume design. Later she moved into making custom props, focusing on plush sculptures, puppets and fantastical costumes. In 2011, Jeila refocused on her fine art with a six-month residency at The Wassaic Project, culminating in a large-scale installation. She has since done major installations at Children's Museum of the Arts, New York, NY; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY; and Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY . Jeila currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.