Jordan Konell L’22
Jordan is a 1L who is committed to pursuing a career in public service in Philadelphia that emphasizes economic justice and labor rights. At Penn, he is involved in the Youth Advocacy Project, the National Lawyers Guild, Penn Law for Philly, and the Jewish Law Students Association.
Jordan previously worked as Legislative Aide to City Councilmember (At Large) Helen Gym, where he focused on labor, housing, juvenile justice, and education policy. He spent most of his time win City Council working on Fair Workweek legislation and policies to support children and youth. Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Jordan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College, where he studied African American Studies and Political Science and wrote extensively about Black-Jewish coalition building and citizen-led oversight of police policy. There, he received Yale’s top awards for research in both African American Studies and Judaic Studies. He holds both an MSc in Criminal Justice and an M.Ed from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His graduate-level research focused on racialized policing in the UK and political movements to bring ethnic studies to schools across the globe. Jordan was additionally awarded the 2017 Howard League Sunley Prize for Best Dissertation on Penal Reform in the United Kingdom. He is a proud graduate of Philadelphia’s Central High School, and currently serves on the Board of the Associated Alumni of Central High School.
Before his time in City Council, Jordan worked in Philadelphia at the Public Interest Law Center, the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, and the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition. He has helped run youth justice and health education nonprofit organizations in both New Haven and Oxford. He holds a degree in Community Teaching and Religious Education from Gratz College, and has previously taught Hebrew High School. He is also a trained community mediator.
Last, but not least, Jordan trusts the process.