Jahmel made the decision to run for a seat on the Albany Common Council in 2007. He was successful in his attempt when, in November 2017, he was elected to serve as the councilman for the 5th Ward. Jahmel represents the Arbor Hill, West Hill, and West End neighborhoods; the same neighborhoods where he grew up. Jahmel has dedicated himself to “changing the narrative” in his district. This vision addresses ideas such as spurring economic development, ending urban blight, and increasing voter awareness. While serving on the Common Council, Jahmel has been a strong advocate for policies that reduce poverty, protect tenants’ rights, and take into consideration social, economic, and restorative justice issues. Jahmel has served on the Finance, Taxation, and Assessment, Human Resources and Human Rights, Housing and Community Development Committees.
Despite being raised in the inner-city and in a single-parent home, Jahmel was determined to beat the odds by focusing on his education. In 2010, Jahmel graduated with a B.S. in Human Development from SUNY Empire State College. In 2014, He graduated with a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Luther Rice University and Seminary. When asked about education, Jahmel often quotes Dr. Martin L. King: “Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society.”
Jahmel serves as Vice-president on the Board of Trustees for Green Tech Charter High School - a high school that prepares young men to complete high school with a Regents diploma so they will have the opportunity to attend college or choose an alternative, responsible career path as they enter adulthood.
Jahmel has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his service to the community. Most recently, he received special recognition from Congressman Paul Tonko for his service to the community. Jahmel can often be heard saying, “community transformation begins with individual actions of self-sacrifice.”
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31 Beverly Avenue, Apartment 1
Albany, New York 12206
- Finance, Assessment and Taxation
- Housing and Community Development
- Human Resources and Human Rights, Chair