Jamaal Bowman is a leader in education reform, a strong advocate for racial justice, and a dedicated public servant in New York City, where he was born and raised.
Bowman began his career as a crisis management teacher in a South Bronx elementary school. Since 2009, he has worked as the founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action (CASA) in the Bronx, one of the top public middle schools in New York. He is also a steering committee member of the New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) and a member of the New York State Early Childhood Blue Ribbon Committee. He was a leader in the opt-out movement, a movement against standardized testing that disproportionately harms low-income communities and communities of color. Throughout his career in public education, Bowman has been a champion for early childhood learning standards, trauma-informed teaching practices, and social justice curricula.
As a U.S. Representative, Bowman will champion intersectional environmental and climate justice, including a focus on: 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030, carbon-free infrastructure, a just transition, and integrating racial justice and equity into the Green New Deal through his Reconstruction Agenda.
Bowman joins the U.S. House after defeating Representative Eliot Engel, who earned a 93% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard during his time in Congress.
In his own words:
“The climate crisis is the greatest existential threat to humanity. All policy needs to be planned through the lens of the Green New Deal, the only plan we have to offer our children a future on this planet. I see education as the necessary vehicle to prepare our children to lead sustainable lifestyles and to be trained for the jobs of the Green Economy.”
Source: LCVAF Questionnaire.