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District Manager Jeremy H. Warneke's Bio

At the age of 17, Jeremy H. Warneke joined the Army National Guard and was assigned to the 333rd Military Police Company, with which he deployed to Chicago O'Hare Airport following September 11 and Iraq in 2003.

Though always civically involved—the President of his junior college's Environmental Awareness Group for example—Jeremy said, "Iraq was the prime mover. It—among other things—put a fire under me. Life, I realized, could be over in a flash."

Two days after his release from active duty, he came to New York for the first time ever, transferring from the University of Illinois and completing his undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College. In 2007, he left the city briefly to assist U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton with her bid for President.

In 2008, Jeremy applied for a position with 13th Council District Member James Vacca. It was at the Council Member’s Office that Jeremy found his niche. He had always enjoyed helping people, but now, he got to do so on a full time basis. He earned enough recognition there that when the position of District Manager opened up at Community Board 11 three years later, he, with much support behind him, leapt at the opportunity. In late 2010, he was unanimously selected by the Board to be its fourth District Manager. Jeremy's predecessor unknowingly set Jeremy's agenda when he told the Daily News that Jeremy's "going to bring the board into the 21st Century."

Jeremy started by reorganizing the Board Office. In 2012, with the help of board members, staff and volunteers, he launched the Board's first website. Also that year, he was allowed to preliminary select the next round of staff members, who were hired for their language as well as technical skills. Even before Jeremy started working for the Board, he heavily promoted the use of its Facebook page, which was created in 2010 but was formally adopted by the Board in 2012.

When asked by a friend "Why technology? Who cares?" Jeremy said, "How can we begin to combat crime and the things people really care about if we don't have the right tools in hand? When I met with the Borough President before I even applied for this position, he asked me [referring to the Board's small budget], 'How are you going to make a dollar out of 50 cents?' Well, that's what I’m doing. When I worked for the Council Member, I remember receiving notices for CB11 meetings in the mail long after they occurred. As District Manager, I said 'Why are we doing this? Why are we mailing out something which can be done much quicker and for free via the Internet?'"

A lifetime member of the American Legion, Jeremy is or was also a member of the Morris Park Community Association, Liberty Democratic Association, U.S. Chess Federation, Kurt Vonnegut Book Club...and Voices from War. In 2012, the same year he graduated from the NYPD Citizens Police Academy, he was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. A graduate of the pre-college program Upward Bound, Jeremy says he obtained his Master of Fine Arts through the various writing workshops and events he’s participated in since 2009.

In 2015, he was the facilitator of the “Standing Down” reading discussion series at the Morris Park Library, which has since evolved into "The Craft of War Writing," a free, open-to-the-public, high-level reading and writing workshop based upon the themes of conflict and war. Jeremy's publication credits include, NYC Veterans Alliance, Homefront Progressives,
 Task & Purpose...and Scintilla.

He is the recipient of honors and awards by the United States Army, Throggs Neck Girls Softball League, White Plains Road BID, Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway...East Bronx History Forum, Community Education Council District 11, Marshall Chess Club, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Bronx Council on the Arts, Allerton International Merchants Association, the Bronx Chamber of Commerce and Line of Advance. In 2017, he was a War Horse Writing Seminar fellow.

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