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Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins


Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins

Contact: (973) 733-5871


Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins brings more than twenty years of experience in public policy, economic and community development and marketing to the City of Newark, with a focus of improving the quality of life for all residents and stakeholders. A lifelong Newarker, Gayle grew up in Hayes Homes and Bradley Court. She completed Queen of Angels Grammar School and Sister Clara Muhammad High School. She attended Bloomfield College, majoring in Business Administration. Gayle had a passion for Gourmet Cooking that led her to pursue the Intensive Chef Program at the New York Restaurant School.

Gayle spent three years as a Manager for New Community Corporation, and later served as Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Babyland Family Services. Founded by her mother, the late Martha Palmer Chaneyfield, and her Aunt Mary Smith, Babyland Family Services is the oldest and largest early childhood education institution in the State of New Jersey.

Previously, Mrs. Chaneyfield Jenkins was elected Councilwoman At-Large of the city of Newark, and was privileged to serve in that capacity for eleven years (1995-2006). Ever about innovation, Councilwoman Chaneyfield Jenkins continuously enhanced her public advocacy by broadening the base of her work to include economic development through Corridor Improvement, tourism, small business development, and international trade and commerce, and sought after alternative educational opportunities for Newark’s youth and ex-offenders re-entering the workforce. The focus of her energies revolved around three key issues: Economic Development, Health and Safety Disparities and Education.

To further encourage business expansion, Councilwoman Chaneyfield Jenkins sponsored and co-sponsored legislation during her previous tenure that has impacted business development in the City of Newark. Through these initiatives, Newark citizens would be prepared to be competitive in an emerging global market, ultimately leveraging the City’s economy.

A prolific legislator demonstrating evidence of her dedication to effective public service, the Councilwoman authored major legislative initiatives, including the Newark Environmental Opportunity Zone; Direct and Revolving Loan Programs for businesses; Vendor/Panhandling Ordinances; Guidelines for Tobacco and Alcohol Advertisements; and the Newark Downtown Special Improvement District. Often called upon for her experience in urban development, Gayle has played a pivotal role in the facilitation of major development projects, including NJPAC, and the Newark Prudential Center.

After an eight year absence from public office, Gayle was overwhelmingly elected to serve as Councilwoman for the Central Ward on June 10, 2014. The Central Ward Councilwoman has been a conscious, outspoken voice about the importance of protecting the legacy of communities by further developing economic opportunities, and creating a sound infrastructure that will sustain and expand resources for all members of the Newark Community. She has been appointed to serve on several committees, among them:

  • Chair, Economic Development Committee, Newark Municipal Council
  • Member, Administration Committee, Newark Municipal Council
  • Member of the Board, Newark Housing Authority
  • Member of the Board, Joint Meeting of Essex & Union Counties
  • Member of the Board, North Jersey District Water Supply Commission

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