Emmett V. Jordan is a member of the Greenbelt City Council, currently serving as “Mayor”. He has been a member of City Council since 2009.
A Greenbelt resident for 17 years, Emmett relocated to the area to work with the University of Maryland in 1998. He made the decision to move to Greenbelt (Greenbriar Condominiums) because of the great access to transportation, recreational amenities, shopping, and the “park-like” atmosphere of the community.
In 2009, he became the first African-American elected to Greenbelt City Council in the city’s 74-year history.
Emmett, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, studied liberal arts and music at Morehouse College in Atlanta and at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Administration from the College of Design Art, Architecture and Planning. He completed additional graduate course work in Public Administration at Seton Hall University.
A believer in life-long learning, Emmett participated in the Legacy Leadership Institute on Municipal Government at University of Maryland during the spring of 2009 and completed an Academy for Excellence in Local Governance fellowship through the Maryland Municipal League in 2011.
Emmett’s career has encompassed more than 25 years of experience managing projects and coordinating volunteer boards for nonprofits and associations.
He was a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (a trade organization in the nonprofit industry) for more than 2 decades, where he served on the board of directors of the Washington DC AFP Chapter from 2004 to 2008 (2 years as Vice President of Communications).
Emmett dedicates many hours each month to civic and volunteer activities. He is a member of the Human Service Coalition of Prince George’s County and a frequent participant in the programs of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations and the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.
Emmett has worked as a volunteer for the United Way of Prince George’s County, The DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. From 2000 to 2005, he co-chaired the Urban Roundtable, an auxiliary organization for the Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL).
Community service and volunteerism were important values in Emmett’s family. The son of an educator and a social service administrator, Emmett was raised in the progressive tradition of the Unitarian Church. He attends Reid Temple AME Church occasionally, and he actively supports community events and fund-raisers for local congregations of all denominations in Greenbelt.
“Community Service in Greenbelt”
As a council member, Emmett has served as liaison to the city’s Advisory Planning Board (APB), Community Relation Advisory Board and Greenbelt Access Television (GATE). He represents Greenbelt on committees with several regional and national organizations, including the Maryland Municipal League, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and the National League of Cities. Emmett is currently serving a third term on the board of the Prince George’s County Municipal Association and is the President Elect.
He has been a member of the Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt Democratic Club since 2004 and is currently serving as President. He has served on the Maryland Democratic Central Committee since 2011 representing the 22nd Legislative District. He also worked as a Prince George’s County Election Judge (in College Park) from 2004 to 2008.
Prior to 2009, Emmett was a member of the city’s Advisory Planning Board where he spearheaded the effort to update the city’s bicycle and pedestrian plan. He served on his home owner’s association board, Phase I of Greenbriar Condominium Association, for 5 years, including two terms as treasurer.
In 2010, Emmett finished a four-year term as a board member of the Greenbelt Community Foundation (GCF), which he both co-chaired and then chaired after heading the proposal review committee for two years. He continues to volunteer his time and expertise with GCF, providing technical advice and occasionally teaching grant-writing workshops to community members. He is a member and former co-chair of the Greenbelt Tennis Association. He also is a member and advocate for Transit Riders United of Greenbelt, a volunteer with the Greenbelts Arts Center, and a board member of Greenbelt Inter-generational Volunteer Exchange Service (GIVES).
An energetic 56-year-old, Emmett enjoys attending concerts, art exhibits, and other cultural programs as often as he can. Emmett takes full advantage of the “quality of life” amenities that make Greenbelt a special place. Some of his favorite pastimes include spending time outdoors around Greenbelt, playing tennis, bicycling, and playing the guitar.