Neward Mayor Cory Booker discusses his big idea with attendees at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Mayor Cory A. Booker
Cory A. Booker, has spent his entire professional life in Newark. After serving as a Staff Attorney for the Urban Justice Center and as a Program Coordinator of the Newark Youth Project, in 1998, Cory rose to prominence by up setting a four-term incumbent to become Newark's Central Ward Councilman. During his four years of service, Cory earned a reputation as a leader with innovative ideas and bold actions, from increasing security in public housing to building new playgrounds.
Cory ran for mayor of Newark in 2002, narrowly losing to the incumbent. For his work, he has been recognized in numerous publications, including, among others, U.S. News and World Report (naming him one of America's Best Leaders in April, 2006), Time magazine, Esquire magazine (naming him as one of the country's 40 Best and Brightest in December 2002), New Jersey Monthly (naming him as one of New Jersey's top 40 under 40) and Black Enterprise in December 2005 (naming him to The Hot List, America's Most Powerful Players Under 40).
Cory is a member of several boards including the Executive Committee of Yale Law School, Columbia University Teachers' College Board of Trustees, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, North Star Academy, Integrity Inc. and the International Longevity Center. He received a B.A. in political science in 1991 and an M.A. in sociology in 1992 from Stanford University. He then traveled to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and received an honors degree in Modern history in 1994. In 1997, he earned his law degree from Yale University.