Jason has served the Queens community as an assistant attorney general in the Office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ Office.
Jason has fought for justice as President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. The MBBA is the largest organization of predominantly Black lawyers in New York, and under his leadership, the MBBA fought for criminal justice reform. Jason led the fight against police brutality by fighting to repeal Civil Rights Law 50-a, which shielded police disciplinary records from the public. The MBBA also championed a fairer and more equitable criminal justice system that focuses on eliminating poverty – not criminalizing it. Because of his knack for getting the job done, Jason was awarded the New York Law Journal’s Prestigious “Distinguished Leaders Award,” and recognized by City & State Magazine as one of the most impactful lawyers in New York in 2020.
Jason understands the importance of education because of his own experiences growing up as a Black man here in our community. When he was a child, his parents had him apply for a public-school program that offered an advanced curriculum. However, even though Jason met all the qualifications, he was denied admission because of his race. As a result, Jason knows first-hand what a quality education can do for someone’s future. This led Jason to start a free tutoring and mentoring program called DREAMChasers that helps students from underrepresented and under-resourced backgrounds get into top high schools. Students from the program have gone on to attend some of the best high schools in the city such as Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science, and Stuyvesant High Schools.
On October 27, 2018, Jason married his soulmate, Nia Hamm. The couple has a home in Jamaica, Queens. Earlier this year, Jason and Nia welcomed the newest member of their burgeoning family: a black and white cat named Tuxedo.
Jason believes that together, we can build a brighter future for Southeast Queens. We can protect workers’ rights, improve our schools, help residents and small businesses recover from the recession, and stamp out COVID-19 once and for all.