Assemblymember Mike Blake & NLC
On September 30, 2015 at a gathering of state legislators at the White House, President Obama recognized NY Assemblymember Michael Blake by saying "he was one of our most outstanding young organizers in Iowa back in 2007, we wouldn't be here without Michael Blake."
Earlier this month, Assemblymember Blake was selected by the China United States Education Foundation (CUSEF) as one of five elected officials around the country to visit to China to meet with various ministers and elected officials, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Agriculture.
Born and raised in The Bronx, NY, Assemblymember Blake represents his hometown after serving the country for close to seven years for President Obama.
We agree that Assemblymember Blake is a demonstrated leader. Today, we are proud to announce that Assemblymember Michael Blake will join NLC as a National Honorary Co-Chair.
If you joined us at the 2015 NLC National Leadership Retreat in Washington D.C. you were able to meet Assemblymember Blake and hear his inspirational personal story and his call to action to continue to fight for meaningful change. The room was absolutely recharged and energized.
"My family went from no house in Jamaica to the "Black House" at Northwestern University to the White House in D.C. and now the state house in Albany", Assemblymember Blake at the NLC 2015 National Leadership Retreat
Assemblymember Blake at the 2015 NLC National Leadership Retreat
If you’re in the NY area today and would like to meet Assemblymember Blake, please contact Matti Miranda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s an honor to have Assemblymember Blake teamed up with us as we continue to build the bench of progressive leaders in government and across all other sectors. Join me in officially welcoming Assemblymember Blake to the NLC community.
Blake also serves on the My Brother's Keeper Alliance as a national advisory board member (the only state legislator in the nation); is the newly elected 2nd Vice-Chair of the NY Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus; and is Chair of the Mitchell-Lama subcommittee and a member of the Corrections, Housing, Banks, Veterans, Election Law and Governmental Operations committees. Blake saw his first piece of legislation signed in to law this year.
In early 2007, Michael joined then Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign and served as the Iowa deputy political director and constituency outreach director for the Iowa caucuses. After serving as the Michigan deputy state director for the general election, Blake joined the White House staff as the associate director of public engagement and deputy associate director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. He created the White House Urban Entrepreneurship Summit series, which sought to foster public, private and not-for-profit partnerships and provide strategic advice.
Blake was honored as one of “The Root 100” in 2012, featured in Jet magazine as one of 15 black politicos behind President Obama’s re-election and recognized by MSNBC in 2011 as one of the Top 10 Black politicians on the rise.
The Bronx, New York native is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He is also an exhorter in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church.
NLC Institute Applications Closing Soon
The NLC Institute is the nation’s premier progressive training program, which trains and promotes next generation leaders across all sectors. The training institute, which focuses on training these next leaders in entrepreneurship, fundraising/finance, communications/new technology, political/business/non-profit management, and policy issues (local and national), is currently accepting applications but applications are due soon, on November 1.
If you are a progressive rising star apply to the NLC institute today. If you know such a leader, be sure to nominate them now.
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It’s incredible to see how far we’ve come. I’m excited and inspired by what lies ahead.