Jeila studied sculptural ceramics at Otis Parsons School of Design until 1991. After college, she worked in the film industry focusing on costume design and art departments. Later she moved into making custom props, especially 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 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR ; Governors Island , New York, NY; and Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio. Jeila currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.