From an early age, Councilman Jerell Blakeley has committed himself to public service and education. The legacy of Trenton’s political past inspired him to follow in the footsteps of political leaders like the Reverend Dr. S. Howard Woodson and Assemblyman John S. Watson in serving the public.
A native Trentonian, Councilman Blakeley attended the Trenton Public Schools from K-12, where his interest in public service was cultivated by his participation as the student board member of the Trenton Board of Education, student legislator and cabinet member in Princeton University's Model Congress and as a student at the Princeton University Preparatory Program. Councilman Blakeley graduated as Most Likely to Succeed from Trenton Central High School in 2005 and continued on to Howard University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in History. While at Howard, Councilman Blakeley interned with the Secretaries of HUD and the Interior and the White House Initiative on HBCUs. Councilman Blakeley previously served as a History Teacher at his alma mater TCHS, where he helped design Leadership Civics, and as the Senior Campaign Organizer of the Healthy Schools Now campaign at the NJ Work Environment Council, where he reinvigorated efforts to enhance public school building quality in the 31 Schools Development Authority districts in New Jersey and founded the Healthy Schools Now Student Leadership Academy.
Professionally, Councilman Blakeley is a Middle School Social Studies Teacher in the Camden City School District and an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations and Middlesex County College. Jerell is an alumnus of Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education, where he earned an Ed.M. in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education as an Martin-Eagleton Fellow of Politics and Government and his NJ teacher certification from the Rutgers University 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.
Councilman Blakeley is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Camden Education Association, the New Jersey Education Association and the American Association of University Professors. Councilman Blakeley was selected as one of its 50 Emerging Leaders and served as an Organizational Development consultant at the New Jersey Education Association.
Named by Black Enterprise as a Modern Man 100 and by InsiderNJ as one of the 50 under 30 Millennial Up and Comers and a top 12 Rising Operatives in New Jersey, Councilman Blakeley is the Vice Chairman of the Mercer County Board of Social Services, serves on the board of the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance and is a member of the Young Elected Officials Alliance Network.