New York State Assemblymember
"We wouldn't be here without Michael Blake."
- President Barack Obama
I was born and raised in the South Bronx to parents who came to the United States from Jamaica in the 1970’s. My mother, Hilary, a breast cancer survivor, went from being homeless to working 40 years at a manufacturing plant in New Jersey while raising four boys. My father, Headly, was a hospital maintenance supervisor and proud member of 1999 SEIU.
I’m a graduate of New York City public schools and Northwestern University, where I earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism before embarking on a career in public service. I started as an intern in the Illinois State Senate before going on to manage winning state legislative races in Michigan, hold critical Senior Staff positions on President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, and serve in the White House as the Deputy Associate Director for African-American state and local and elected officials and minority business outreach.
In 2014, I was privileged to be elected to the New York State Assembly from the South Bronx district I continue to call home. And last year, I was honored to be named a Fall Fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics.
Whether it's helping create jobs by getting Small and Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprises contracts with New York State, getting senior citizens heat in their homes, or training millennials in politics; I understand how to provide tangible change on the ground and would train and empower Democratic leaders around the country to BUILD OUR BENCH, STRENGTHEN OUR PARTY, and EMBRACE OUR FUTURE.
I have worked - and won - at the grassroots organizing level in several states, including Iowa in 2008, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan (winning all 7 down ballot races), Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
We have been told that we are the ones we've been waiting for, but the time is NOW. The moment is here. Join the movement: Leadership for Tomorrow.