Jamell Nimeneh Ali Henderson was born to parents Warren Henderson and Nancy J. Benjamin now deceased. He lives in Brooklyn and has been independent since the age of 17. Growing up, Jamell has been the leader of his family. He was in the NYC Foster Care System for 9 years and successfully aged out of the system at the age of 21. Jamell, during his time in foster care was blessed to have a wonderful foster mother, whom he called his grandmother, Ms. Betty Robinson.

Jamell is a graduate of the Borough of Manhattan Community College from which he received an A.S. in Business Administration. He is a dynamic student leader who is loved and respected by the students and faculty. During his tenure at BMCC he was a senator, vice president and president of the Student Government Association, member of the BMCC Association, Academic Senate and College Council and represented the students at CUNY events, in Albany and Washington DC.

Jamell’s accomplishments include, becoming the Bridge St. AME Church 2002 Youth of the Year, 2008 Young Adult of the Year. He has also received numerous awards from BMCC, Brooklyn College and CUNY. He has held numerous leadership positions throughout various organizations.

Honored by his selection as a National Urban Fellow, he believes this experience will move him closer to his goal of becoming a more strategic public administrator and leader for social change.