The 1828 Project, sponsored by Citizens Energy Group, is a civic leadership tract for Indy’s young leaders with the goal of fostering intentional relationships with a cross sector of Indianapolis’ thought leaders and decision makers. Jamal is a part of 1828’s Class IX– learn more about him below!
What do you do here in Indy?
I’m an associate attorney in the corporate department at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. I primarily spend my day assisting companies with mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions.
Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised here in Indianapolis, IN.
You’re off the clock. What are your plans?
First, I’d take my dog Benji to the dog park at Metazoa Brewing Co. to burn some of that energy he has. Then I’d probably get a craving for Mexican food and head over to La Parada for a good meal.
When thinking about the future of Indianapolis, what are you looking forward to the most and why?
When I think about the future of Indianapolis, I am most excited about the continued growth of Indy’s food scene, more modern transit options and increased accessibility to more promising employment opportunities to make the city more equitable for all.
Are there any local causes that you support? What are they and how might others learn more or get involved?
I support the Indianapolis Freedom School Partnership as a board member. This organization works to empower children through literacy by providing summer programming to kids here in Indianapolis. Others can get involved by joining us for a field trip or considering reading to our students!
Do you have a favorite local spot that you love going to? Where and why?
The Eagle on Mass Ave is my favorite restaurant in town. The fried chicken served with spicy hot honey is an undefeated combo.
Which is your preferred way to get around our city?
I usually walk or scoot around the downtown area. I think it’s the best way to discover that new restaurant, housing development or business moving to the area.
What’s something underrated about Indy that more people should know about?
More people should know about the Boner Fitness & Learning Center on the near eastside. The center opened its doors following the momentum of Super Bowl XLVI and features a full gym with memberships, a media studio, greenhouse and garden, and an instructional kitchen. It’s a great place to connect with the community and it’s missions are noble.
What’s a movie that has impacted your life most to date?
A documentary called 13th that was produced by director Ava DuVernay is one of the most impactful films I’ve seen in the last few years. It was powerful and infuriating at the same time. Ultimately, it illustrated the power of film in the stand against racial injustice and mass incarceration in America.
If you had to remove all the apps from your phone except for 3, which would you keep?
Cash app, Booksy (to book haircut appointments with my barber), and Instagram.
If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Devil in a new dress – Kanye West (ft. Rick Ross)
Pancakes or waffles?