Jordan Konell
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym (At Large), Legislative Aide

Jordan serves as a Legislative Aide to City Councilmember (At Large) Helen Gym, and focuses on labor, juvenile justice, and education policy. He has spent most of his time win City Council working on Fair Workweek legislation and policies to support children and youth.  Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Jordan graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College, where he studied African American Studies and Political Science and wrote extensively about Black-Jewish coalition building and citizen-led oversight of police policy. There, he received Yale's top awards for research in both African American Studies and Judaic Studies. He holds both an MSc in Criminal Justice and an M.Ed from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His graduate-level research focused on racialized policing in the UK and political movements to bring ethnic studies to schools across the globe. Jordan was additionally awarded the 2017 Howard League Sunley Prize for Best Dissertation on Penal Reform in the United Kingdom. He is a proud graduate of Philadelphia's Central High School, and currently serves on their alumni Board.

Previously, Jordan worked in Philadelphia at the Public Interest Law Center, the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, and the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition. He has helped run youth justice and health education nonprofit organizations in both New Haven and Oxford. He holds a degree in Community Teaching and Religious Education from Gratz College, and teaches Hebrew High School at Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel in Rittenhouse. He is also a trained community mediator.

Last, but not least, Jordan trusts the process.