Michael is a third term Assembly Member in the New York State Assembly representing the 79th District in The Bronx, New York.
Blake’s upbringing is a testament to the fact that we can always overcome the odds. His family emigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica seeking new opportunities, but faced many trials and tribulations that have become a common story for immigrants seeking refuge in America.
Born on Christmas Day at North Central Bronx Hospital, Blake went on to attend New York City elementary school P.S. 79, which was featured in Jonathan Kozol’s Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools.
Despite these challenges, Michael persevered and attended college, graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Always keeping in mind the blessings that kept him on this Earth, Blake became a lay minister in the United Methodist Church and African Methodist Episcopal church so that he could channel the power of faith to uplift his community.
In early 2007, recognizing a kindred spirit in public service, Michael joined then Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign as the Iowa Deputy Political Director and Constituency Outreach Director.
Shortly before the Iowa caucuses, a 2007 Time Magazine article said, “Michael Blake may have more to do with Barack Obama’s chances of becoming President than anyone besides the candidate himself.” Blake humbly disagrees.
Having the opportunity to work in President Obama’s administration directing African-American, state and local government official and Minority and Women Business Enterprises outreach gave Michael the skills necessary to create change in his own community.
Returning to his home in The Bronx, Blake ran to be Assembly Member of the 79th District — and won.