NY-16: Jamaal Bowman (D)
Jamaal Bowman was born and raised in New York City. He spent his early years in public housing and later in rent-controlled apartments. He didn’t have much growing up, but his mother provided him all that he needed: love, a stable family, and a sense of community. He now lives in Yonkers with his wife and three kids, and works as the founding principal of one of the best public middle schools in the city.
Bowman has fought for teachers, students, and families for twenty years. As a leader in the opt-out movement across the state, Bowman connected parents from diverse backgrounds to the fight. He has been a steering committee member for NYSAPE, where his work centered on successfully dismantling Common Core in NY and decoupling teacher evaluations from student test scores.
He has also been a member of the New York State Early Childhood Blue Ribbon Committee, where he championed early childhood learning standards. He worked with Bronx Legal and Visiting Nurse Services to push for a policy that trains every teacher in New York State in trauma-informed practices. He worked with Avenues the World school, Negus World, and Hip Hop Saves Lives to implement innovative design thinking and social justice curriculum.
He has also led efforts to educate elected officials on the impact of toxic stress on health and education outcomes. He recently earned his doctorate in education focusing on the benefit of the community school model, which is an alternative to charter schools and the roadmap to fixing our public school system.
Through his work in education, he has seen firsthand how low-income families are locked out of opportunity by a system that’s rigged for the wealthy and privileged few. Through his work as an advocate and a principal, he has seen the results of inadequate housing, homelessness, mental health, the racist immigration system, the school to prison pipeline, food deserts, and trauma filled environments.
While our leadership is focused on wars, and privatization of government services, our kids and communities have been legislated out of the American dream!
While the current leadership has failed to produce results, Bowman has been successfully fighting for families in the state.
In The News
About Sessions: Born and raised in Waco, Texas, Sessions distinguished himself early in life by earning the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor. In fact, accounts of his early life are absolutely idyllic. He attended Waco public schools until the ninth... Read More
About Jackson: Dr. Ronny Jackson is familiar name to some, his having served as the attending physician and later, a medical advisor, to President Donald Trump. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral in December 2019,after 25 years of active service. Born and... Read More
About Pfluger: August Pfluger has served his country as a fighter pilot, member of the National Security Council and advisor to President Donald Trump. Pfluger entered the U.S. Air Force Academy immediately after high school and spent the next two decades in a variety of commands,... Read More
About Collins: Genevieve Collins is a 7th Generation Texan. Her grandmother, Calvert Collins, was a trailblazer; the first woman elected to the Dallas City Council. A graduate of SMU’s Cox School of Business and renowned local businesswoman, Collins was named one of 2018’s local 20... Read More
About Allred: Colin Allread attended Dallas public schools, where his mom was a teacher for part of her 27-year career in public education. With the help of his family, community, and coaches, Allred was able to attend some of the best schools in the country and... Read More
About Shearer: Alaina Shearer is a mom and a business owner. Born and raised in Delaware, Ohio, Alaina Shearer graduated from Ohio University with a degree in broadcast journalism. She went on to win two Associated Press awards as a radio reporter and news anchor for... Read More