Born on the Island of Trinidad and Tobago, Sherwyn James emigrated to the United States and attended elementary school at Public School 92 in Brooklyn, NY. His family moved to Cambria Heights, Queens where he attended Linden Junior High School 192 in Queens, NY. He attended Andrew Jackson High School in Cambria Heights, NY. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York (CUNY). He then attended the New School for Social Research/ Graduate School of Management where he earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary of the City of New York and a graduate of Yale University.


Rev. Sherwyn James is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church. He began his journey towards ministry at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York under the leadership of the Reverend Doctors Floyd and Elaine Flake. Rev. James has served various congregations throughout the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut metropolitan area including at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Far Rockaway, NY and Bright Temple A.M.E. Church in the Hunts Point Section of the South Bronx.


Believing that ministry is not relegated to the four walls of the Church building but in fact it must address the needs of the community at large, District Leader Sherwyn James has been active in the Southeast Queens Community for many years.  He credits his political engagement to a great woman by the name of Gloria Saunders, with whom he began working many years ago on political campaigns. He worked on the campaign of a number of individuals including Charles Morant for City Council, Henry McCoy for District Leader, Mina Malik for Queens District Attorney and others. He believes in collaboration and progressive coalition building to enhance community empowerment. He has been an active participant of Community First, a Southeast Queens political action group whose goal is to encourage and strengthen community participation by all members of the community in the political process. He is a member of various civic organizations and continues to speak out on matters and issues concerning the residents of Council District 31 and the larger New York City Community.


District Leader Sherwyn James has spent a significant part of his career in City and State Government in various capacities including at the New York City Department of Education, the New York City Department of Transportation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Mayor’s Office of Operations, New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services, and the New York City Transit Authority. His work in the Not-for-profit sector includes serving as the Director of the Yale President’s Public Service Fellowship Program, Allen A.M.E. Church Development Office and the United Way of New York City.    


District Leader Sherwyn James Civic participation includes serving on the School Leadership Team (SLT) of Public School 18Q, South East Queens Clergy Association, the New York Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, the Federated Blocks of Laurelton, former member of the Rockaway Inwood Ministerial Association, member of the NAACP, member of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), former member of Transport Workers Union (TWU) 1400.


Rev. James has been married for fifteen years to Tarika James M.D. and is the father of two sons Judah (thirteen) and Zion (eleven) and one daughter Trinity (nine years old).


Rev. James was recently elected in the June 2020 election cycle as the Democratic Male District Leader for the 29th  Assembly District Part B and looks forward to serving the entire 31st City Council District with excellence.