Jelani is a community organizer and serial entrepreneur. During High School, Jelani started his first online business, for which he was awarded the NYS FBLA Business Plan of the Year award, and was featured on national TV. Prior to founding Good Call, Jelani worked on a variety of issue-based and electoral campaigns, in addition to being a community organizer at Airbnb. Growing up in Far Rockaway, NY, and organizing in low-income communities across the east coast, Jelani experienced firsthand the pitfalls that exist for those oppressed by the criminal justice system. He works every day to better communities similar to where he grew up and hopes his work will be a stepping stone for other young black males.
Every day, nearly 700 New Yorkers arrested and unable to access immediate legal counsel. Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately targeted, and a lack of legal support can have devastating consequences, including job loss, loss of housing, and pretrial jail. Good Call is working to change that.