From an early age, Jerell has committed himself to public service and education. The legacy of Trenton’s past inspired him to follow in the footsteps of political leaders like the S. Howard Woodson and John S. Watson in serving the public.
A native Trentonian, Jerell attended the Trenton Public Schools from K-12, where he served as a student board member on the Trenton Board of Education and graduated as Most Likely to Succeed from Trenton Central High School in 2005. He continued on to Howard University, where he earned a B.A. in History. While at Howard, Jerell interned with the Secretaries of HUD and the Interior and the White House Initiative on HBCUs. He previously served as a History Teacher at his alma mater TCHS-West, where he helped design Leadership Civics.
Jerell was recently elected as a Trenton City Councilman-at-Large, serves as the Campaign Organizer for Healthy Schools Now at the NJ Work Environment Council, and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations & Middlesex County College. Jerell is also an alumnus of Rutgers, where he earned an Ed.M. in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education as an Eagleton Fellow and NJ teacher certification from the Rutgers Center of Effective School Practices. He is a 2016 Fellow of the New Leaders Council-NJ and is pursuing a doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jerell is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Trenton Rotary Club, the United Steelworkers Union, Local 397 and the Mercer County Central Labor Council. He was a member of the Trenton Education Association and the NJEA, where he was selected as one of its 50 Emerging Leaders and served as an Organizational Development consultant.
Named by Black Enterprise as a Modern Man 100, by InsiderNJ as one of the 50 under 30 Millennial Up and Comers and a top 12 Rising Operatives in NJ, Jerell is the Vice Chairman of the Mercer County Board of Social Services and serves on the board of the NJ Environmental Justice Alliance.