Adem IS AN organizer and an advocate

Through a career in public service, Adem Bunkeddeko has tried to pay forward the sacrifices his family made for him growing up. Beginning as a grassroots organizer, Adem knocked on doors and collected petitions for candidates and causes that made a difference in the lives of working people in Flatbush. As a leadership fellow at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, he helped create a support network to improve the educational and social outcomes of low-income families in Central Brooklyn. Working at the Empire State Development Corporation, Adem managed public-private partnerships designed to revitalize underserved communities throughout Brooklyn.

For the last five years, Adem has served on Brooklyn Community Board #8 (Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and Weeksville) and, until recently, was the associate director for business initiatives at Brooklyn Community Services (BCS).  At BCS, Adem helped create job-training programs that provided Brooklyn residents with the skills to take advantage of meaningful employment opportunities.

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Adem is A son and a Brother

Adem, a longtime resident of Crown Heights, was born and raised in New York City. Adem’s parents are war refugees who fled Uganda’s turbulent civil war to seek sanctuary and opportunity in the United States. They settled down and successfully reared their children in a modest one-bedroom apartment, despite it being infested with cockroaches and mice. Adem’s parents turned what had been a nightmare in Uganda into their version of the American Dream.

A product of the New York City public school system, Adem was fortunate enough to earn scholarships to attend both boarding school and college. Adem is one of the first members of his family to graduate from college and earn a graduate degree. He received a B.A. from Haverford College, where he studied Political Science and Philosophy, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.