District 7

James “Jay” Roberson, Councilor, District 7 

Jay RobersonBirmingham City Councilor James “Jay” Roberson, Jr. is Chair of the Utilities Committee and is a member of the Environmental Justice Committee.

To enhance the overall visual appearance of the City of Birmingham, Councilor Roberson has requested a record number of abatement of property nuisances. He has also collaborated with his colleagues to address public safety legislation involving second-hand smoke and an anti-texting while driving ban.

An advocate for young people, the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnership has identified Councilor Roberson as a leader “well-poised” to make mentoring a priority. He has also received President Barack Obama’s Volunteer Service Award for his involvement in the National PEN or PENCIL Program.

In January 2012, Councilor Roberson in partnership with Mayor William A. Bell, Sr., Alabama Power, BB&T, Samford University, Sam’s Club and Samaritan’s Feet, commemorated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as part of the National Day of Service.

The civic and corporate leaders hosted a Shoes of Hope Distribution for the National Day of Service. Students pre-registered through local schools and 450 students received a new pair of athletic shoes, socks and a unique message of hope.

In 2011, City of Birmingham school students, with the assistance of Councilor Jay Roberson, honored the late Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth with actions. Students took up the cause of non-violence, petitioning their peers to sign and abide by a non-violence pledge and participate in community activities.

In 2010, Roberson unveiled the “100 Days of Nonviolence” campaign in the Birmingham metro area. The campaign concluded on MLK Day 2011 without one person under the age of 18 being killed through a violent act. Councilor Roberson has partnered with Dr. Bernice A. King as the “100 Days of Nonviolence” campaign has resonated nationally.

In addition to his duties as a Councilor, Roberson now serves as Vice President of Business Development for the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS). In this role, Councilor Roberson is responsible for public policy, business development and strategic partnership for the NCSS.

Roberson received his B.A. in Telecommunications from Alabama A&M University in 1996 and was the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs from 1992-1994. He and his wife, Niva, have three children, Lia, Tré, and Ava.

For more information concerning Councilor Jay Roberson or to discuss scheduling arrangements, call 205.254.2418 or email jay.roberson@birminghamal.gov.