Jerell Blakeley graduated from Howard University, where he earned a degree in History. While at Howard, he secured internships with the Secretaries of HUD and the Interior and the White House Initiative on HBCUs. He previously served as a Civics and History Teacher at his alma mater TCHS-West and as an Consultant with the New Jersey Education Association. He presently is the Campaign Organizer for the Healthy Schools Now coalition of the New Jersey Work Environment Council, a Student Career Counselor at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and an Adjunct Professor of African American Studies at Middlesex County College.
Mr. Blakeley is a graduate of The Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where he earned an Ed.M. in the Foundations of Education as an Eagleton Fellow of Politics and Government and NJ teacher certification from the Center of Effective School Practices. He is a 2016 Fellow of the New Leaders Council-New Jersey and is presently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Pittsburgh. He was previously a member of the Trenton Education Association and the NJ Education Association, where he was a member of local and county Legislative Action Teams, was selected as one of 50 Emerging Leaders in the 200,000 member strong NJEA, and was featured on the cover of the April 2015 NJEA Review edition highlighting the pension issue in NJ. Named by InsiderNJ as one of the 50 under 30 Millennial Up and Comers in New Jersey politics, he serves on the boards of The Children Home Society of NJ and the Mercer County Board of Social Services.