Assemblymember Mike Blake & NLC

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.

"I am incredibly excited and honored to be asked to serve as a national honorary co-chair for the New Leaders Council.  As we need more young adult leaders to step up and stand up, NLC continues to answer the call of preparing this generation of visionaries to be the ones we've been waiting for at this time. I commit to passionately join the NLC leadership to develop our next great generation of leaders.  The same way mentors and leaders such as President Obama showed me the path of leadership, I will do the same with NLC", –Assemblymember Blake

"I am honored and humbled to see the frequent and meaningful progress that we as a community continue to make. Having the inspirational progressive leader, Assemblymember Blake, join us as a National Honorary Co-Chair signals that NLC, the premier training center for young progressives, is on the move. I'm confident that our best work lies ahead." -- Chris Kelly, New Leaders Council Chairman

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

20294848411_7123ed4dd8_z.jpgAssemblymember 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

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.

Assemblyman Michael Blake
Michael Blake is the assemblyman of the 79th District in New York State, representing parts of Concourse Village, Morrisania, Melrose, Belmont, Claremont and East Tremont. He is passionate about urban entrepreneurship, Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), community learning, building sustainable communities and empowering young men of color. He served as the senior advisor for Operation Hope and is the founding principal of Atlas Strategy Group, which focuses on political and economic empowerment for communities of color.

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 left the White House to serve as the national deputy director of Operation Vote for President Obama’s 2012 re-election and helped expand the diverse electorate that later re-elected the president.

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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Alumni will be selected to be highlighted soon!

It’s incredible to see how far we’ve come. I’m excited and inspired by what lies ahead.

Mark Riddle
New Leaders Council Executive Director