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Akeem Jamal Named Assistant VP Of Communications And Government Affairs For The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation

Akeem Jamal has been named Assistant Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. “I am delighted to welcome Akeem to RIO as our new Assistant Vice President,” said Roosevelt Island’s President and CEO, Shelton J. Haynes, “Akeem Jamal has all the skills and experience necessary to lead our communications and government affairs efforts. He will greatly benefit RIO as we develop and grow.” “I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Trustees,” said Jamal. “After many years in marketing, communications, and public relations, I look forward to working with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation to help develop and implement a strategic communications plan. Heartfelt thanks also go out to my wife for her unwavering support. I am excited about our new role at RIO and honored to be a part of such an impressive organization.”

Jamal holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, a Master’s of Public Administration from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, and a Bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst in Economics (Business). He is also a certified public accountant with the State of Connecticut. Jamal received numerous awards and honors throughout his career. Jamal is “an accomplished conference presenter and moderator skilled in campaign sponsorship and fundraising, event planning, and public relations.” His exposure to government affairs and communications has been a conduit for his work in these fields.

Jamal helped increase participation in the 2020 census among and for New Yorkers. Jamal is widely credited with having played a significant role in securing the designation of Roosevelt Island as a 9/11 Memorial and Museum site. Jamal led the effort to raise money for and secure sponsorship for the Roosevelt Island Performing Arts Center, which some residents in the area opposed. In addition to his work at RIO, Jamal has held various positions with Motorola Solutions, Harbinger Group, and MarshallMKTG. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Jamal has served as the communications director for Hiram Monserud’s final campaign for New York City Comptroller. He has been described as an “expert” on community development and real estate issues.