Dr. Jamaal Bowman



Dr. Jamaal Bowman, the Democratic Congressional Nominee for New York’s 16th Congressional District, is an educator, husband, father of three and champion of children and working families. He was raised by a single mother in East Harlem, living in a rent-controlled apartment on the Upper Eastside. Jamaal and his mother lived on her post office worker’s salary and were fortunate to enjoy living in a diverse community. Jamaal now lives with his wife and three children in Yonkers. 

After graduating from the University of New Haven, Jamaal quickly returned to the Bronx to become a public school teacher, spending his first five years in education teaching at a “minority-majority” public school. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling from Mercy College and an EdD with a specialization in Organizational Leadership from Manhattanville College. His doctoral research focused on the benefit of the community school model, which is an alternative to charter schools and the roadmap to fixing our public school system. 

One of Jamaal’s greatest accomplishments to date was founding and leading a public middle school in the Bronx, the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action (CASA), which has a strong emphasis on student’s voices, holistic education, cultural awareness, and love. While serving as principal, Jamaal led efforts to educate elected officials on the impacts of toxic stress on health and education outcomes. 

To address a multitude of inequalities, Jamaal proposes a unique policy that incorporates the blending of public education and healthcare into one model which will simultaneously provide mental health, financial, economic and social resources for families. Outside of education, Jamaal supports a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, universal childcare, rebuilding a restorative justice system, free public college and getting big money out of politics.