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Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media as well as a dance teacher, choreographer and proud former homeschooler. Her blog will uncover the untold stories of Montgomery County and introduce diverse people and businesses of interest in the community. She can be reached... Read more

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Black History Month Profile: Jay Wilson

In honor of Black History Month, we’re profiling influential African-Americans who are giving back to the communities of Montgomery County.Javel

Read below to learn more about Jay Wilson, Vice President of the African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County, Regional Council Member of the United Way of The National Capital Area, a member of the board of directors for Shepherd’s Table, Inc., and a mentor at the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County Family Self Sufficiency Program.

What is your role in the community?

“My role in the community is to connect community, policy and commerce. I continually work to bridge the relational and economic gaps in these areas. Working to bridge the gaps in the community is vital to ensure people of various socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds are progressing in Montgomery County. I have done this by working with community non-profit organizations on measurable impact programs, creating common sense policy measures that affect multiple interest groups and advocating for regional business interests to increase economic development and employment growth.”

What inspires you?

“I am most inspired by my faith and the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. I believe you should love your neighbor as yourself and always stay humble.  I am truly blessed to be a blessing.”

What do you think needs to happen most in Montgomery County?

“Montgomery County needs an innovative way of producing more affordable housing. The average home price of a single family home in the county is approximately $400K and the average monthly rental payment is $1,300. The high cost of living in the county leads to over 25,000 people being included on waiting list for affordable housing.”

What does Black History Month mean to you?

“Black history month means recognizing the accomplishments of black leaders in society and encouraging others to continue to work toward improving the black community.”

Valerie Bonk

About Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media (MCM).


One Response to “Black History Month Profile: Jay Wilson”

  1. On February 27, 2014 at 7:57 pm responded with... #

    Jay is a remarkable young person who is able to both think big and get into the details of what we need to do to improve Montgomery County. Congratulations, Jay!

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