Jerell Blakeley is a native and resident of Trenton, NJ. He presently serves as a Part-Time Lecturer at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR), a Trenton City Councilman-at-Large, and is the Chief of Outreach and Constituent Relations for the Division of Temporary Disability Insurance and Family Leave Insurance at the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. He previously worked at SMLR as a part-time Career Counselor.
Previously, Jerell taught civics and history at his alma mater, Trenton Central High School-West, served as an organizational development consultant with the New Jersey Education Association, and served as Healthy Schools Now's Senior Campaign Organizer at the NJ Work Environment Council.
Jerell secured an academic scholarship to Howard University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Jerell is also a graduate of Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where he earned an Ed.M. in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education as a Martin Eagleton Fellow of Politics and Government. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Mercer County Board of Social Services and was selected as a 2016 New Leaders Council Fellow.