Ward 5 - Hon. Jahmel Robinson


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31 Beverly Ave, Apt 1
Albany, New York 12206
Phone: (518) 606-0176
Email: jrobinson@albanyny.gov
Committees:
Finance, Assessment & Taxation
Human Resources & Human Rights
Housing & Community Development

Biography

Jahmel K. Robinson, B.S., M.A., was born in the inner-city of Albany, New York. While growing up, Jahmel was very involved in transforming his community through service. At a young age, he became involved at his church where he spent Saturdays volunteering at the food pantry, visiting nursing homes, and helping seniors in the community with everyday chores. Jahmel, who sees the church as his foundation for life, would later become an ordained minister. During his work in ministry at the Metropolitan New Testament Mission Baptist Church, Jahmel was appointed to several positions including Minister of Pastoral Initiatives and Minister of Technology. He is also currently serving as the Director of Ministry Operations, where he is responsible for the oversight of ministry objectives and leadership development. 

Jahmel believes that his life’s purpose and calling are not limited to just the church. He is presently employed with the NYS Office of Health Insurance Programs as a Contract Manager. In this role, Jahmel manages supportive housing contracts and programs that address the Social Determinants of Health of New York State’s Medicaid members. To make an even greater impact in his community, Jahmel made the decision to run for a seat on the Albany Common Council in 2017. He was successful in his attempt when, in November 2017, he was elected to serve as the councilman for the 5th Ward. Jahmel represents the Arbor Hill, West Hill, and West End neighborhoods; the same neighborhoods where he grew up. Jahmel has dedicated himself to “Changing the Narrative” in his district. This vision addresses ideas such as spurring economic development, ending urban blight, and increasing voter awareness.  While serving on the Common Council, Jahmel has been a strong advocate for policies that reduce poverty, protect tenants’ rights, and take into consideration social, economic, and restorative justice issues. Jahmel currently serves on the Finance, Taxation, & Assessment, Human Resources & Human Rights, and Housing & Community Development Committees. 

Despite being raised in the inner-city and in a single-parent home, Jahmel was determined to beat the odds by focusing on his education. In 2010, Jahmel graduated with a B.S. in Human Development from SUNY Empire State College. In 2014, He graduated with a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Luther Rice University and Seminary. When asked about education, Jahmel often quotes Dr. Martin L. King:
“Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. “The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society.”  
Jahmel serves as Vice-president on the Board of Trustees for Green Tech Charter High School - a high school that prepares young men to complete high school with a Regents diploma so they will have the opportunity to attend college or choose an alternative, responsible career path as they enter adulthood. 

Jahmel has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his service to the community. Most recently, he received special recognition from Congressman Paul Tonko for his service to the community. Jahmel can often be heard saying, “community transformation begins with individual actions of self-sacrifice.”