From an early age, Jerell has committed himself to public service and education.
Jerell attended the Trenton Public Schools from K-12, where he served as a student board member of 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 Bachelor of Arts degree in History and minored in Political Science. 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, and in the Camden City School District. Previously, Jerell lead efforts to enhance school facility quality in NJ's public schools as the Campaign Organizer of the Healthy Schools Now coalition. At HSN, Jerell more than doubled the number of coalition partners, co-authored nearly a dozen opinion editorials published in news outlets like NJ Spotlight and the Star Ledger, and founded the Healthy Schools Now Student Leadership Academy.
Presently, Jerell is the Chief of Outreach and Constituent Relations for the Temporary Disability Insurance and Family Medical Insurance Division at the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations and is a Trenton City Councilman-at-Large. Jerell is an alumnus of Rutgers, where he earned an Ed.M. in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education as an Harold and Reba Martin-Eagleton Fellow. He is a 2016 Fellow of the New Leaders Council-NJ.
Honored by the Trenton branches of the NAACP and Zeta Phi Beta, as well as Avis, for his public and community service, Jerell was named by Black Enterprise as a Modern Man 100 and has been noted by InsiderNJ as one of the 50 under 30 Millennial Up and Comers, a top 12 Rising Operatives in NJ, and African American Political Power List. Jerell is also the Vice Chairman of the Mercer County Board of Social Services.