Growing up in the Bronx, Jamaal Bailey was a typical kid— he attended PS 83 in Morris Park and MS 181 in Co-Op City, played Little League and spent Sundays with his extended family at Butler United Methodist Church.
But Jamaal also dreamed big. He excelled at the Bronx High School of Science, went on to the University at Albany-SUNY and interned with the New York State Assembly, where, while assisting with significant pieces of legislation, he realized one can truly make a difference by being part of the legislative process. The experience led to his participation in local politics and his eventual election as District Leader in our community.
Jamaal earned his law degree at the CUNY School of Law and today lives with his wife, Giamara, and their young daughter in Baychester, where he continues to live out the advice of his family- that one can only get out of their community what they put into it. Today, in addition to serving as Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s community relations director, Jamaal is a member of the Williamsbridge Branch of the NAACP, and mentors young men at Butler United Methodist Church, where he remains an active member.