Prior to his appointment Jemahl served as acting deputy director of facility management since 2015 and was acting deputy director in the Real Estate Services Division from 2014 to 2015 and deputy director for legislative affairs from 2013 to 2014. Prior his time at DGS Jemahl was the California Director of Outreach with the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), an affiliate of Self-Help, a nationwide community development financial institution. Prior to his CRL engagement, Jemahl was the Northern California Program Director for American Sunrise Communities (ASC) a non-profit affordable housing developer affiliated with Henry Cisneros’ Cityview market rate housing development corporation. Prior to ASC, he served as a special advisor for two Assembly Speakers (Wesson and Nunez) over a ten year period managing housing and consumer protection committees, covering some special projects and related legislative processes. He also briefly served as a consultant for the State Assembly Governmental Organization Committee and as general policy staff for Assemblyman Wesson covering a wide variety of committee and issue areas.
Jemahl earned a B.S. in Administration of Justice from San Jose State University and an M.S. in Urban Planning - Community Development from UCLA. He is a Coro Fellow Public Affairs Program Graduate/San Francisco. He currently resides in Sacramento with his wife and three children.