Hasani Council was born and raised in the South Ward of the City of Newark. Hasani attended George Washington Carver Elementary School and graduated from University High School in 2014. From a young age, Hasani has been active as a public servant and public education advocate fighting for the residents of the City of Newark. Hasani played and coached Pop Warner Football and Little League Baseball in the South Ward. He also served as a mentor and role model to others in his community.
As a student at University High School, Hasani was very active in the student walkouts and protests against an unyielding school administration. His strong belief in justice and his need to bring awareness to injustice drives his advocacy for equity and fairness.
After completing his years at University High School, Hasani began his studies at Montclair State University. Here, he became a student leader and served as a member of various organizations on campus. From the very first day that Hasani arrived on campus, he made sure that he got involved with the campus community and decided to help make positive changes that would benefit the student body.
At Montclair State, Hasani was elected as the Vice President of his Hall Council and then was elected as the Executive Vice President of the Residence Hall Association. Hasani also served as a member of the Student Government Association in the capacity of a legislator, as well as serving on three committees, one of which he served as the chairperson.
In 2016, Hasani was elected to the Montclair State University Board of Trustees where he served two years as a Student Trustee working closely with the president of the university. He was also inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success, as well as, the Red Hawk Pride Society. Hasani received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2018 followed by his Master of Arts degree in Law and Governance in 2019.
He currently serves as a Legislative Aide to South Ward Council Member John Sharpe James. Hasani also serves as Democratic District Leader in the 36th District of the South Ward. Hasani formerly worked for the United Community Corporation as Counselor and also worked in several internship positions with both the City of Newark and the Passaic County Democratic Committee.
Hasani is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated where he served as chapter president for his undergraduate chapter. He also served on the fraternity’s regional political and civic engagement committee. Hasani is currently a Jr. Deacon at St. John Baptist Church and is very active in the church community.
Hasani believes every student deserves great teachers and that great teachers deserve to get the opportunity to positively shape and change their students’ lives. To this end, he will work tirelessly to ensure more educational freedoms for all.