Jemahl was initially appointed to oversee the Department of General Services (DGS) Legislative Affairs division in 2013. After immersing himself back into the political/policy arena, he was appointed as acting deputy director of the Real Estate Services Division (RESD) in 2015. During this time period he helped to construct an organizational overhaul of RESD, which resulted in the creation of two separate divisions – RESD and the newly created Facilities Management Division (FMD). FMD now offers a combination of services previously maintained by the old Building Property Management division and Direct Construction Unit. He was appointed as the FMD deputy director in 2016.
Prior to his DGS appointments 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’ City View market rate housing development corporation. Prior to ASC, he served as a special advisor for two Assembly Speakers (Wesson and Nunez) over a 10-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 Vivian, and has three children: Jourdan, Kameron and Payton.