Deputy County Clerk and Camden City Council At-Large in Camden, New Jersey
Deputy County Clerk and Camden City Council At-Large currently living in Camden, New Jersey. My interests range from Leadership to Government and from Civic Engagement and Diversity
Mr. Angel Fuentes has been a resident of the City of Camden since his family moved from Brooklyn, NY in 1973. He was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and at the age of 5, they moved to Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1980 and received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. John Vianney College and Seminary in Miami, Florida in 1985. His mother, who remains as a source of inspiration to Mr. Fuentes, instilled in him core values, such as helping those in need, which guide him to this current day.
Currently, Mr. Fuentes serves as Deputy County Clerk for the Office of Camden County Clerk. Previously, Mr. Fuentes held the position of Patient Relations Representative at Cooper Health System in Camden for 19 years. He also worked as a Family Therapist with Center for Family Services, Creating Alliance and Supporting Adolescence (CASA) and as a case manager for children in crisis with Steininger Center. During this time though, Mr. Fuentes had a desire to serve his community even more, which led him to run for public office in 1993. Add cofounder, coach and president of Cramer Hill Williamsport Little League Baseball, from 1990 to 1996; started with 90 kids, 9 teams, to 500 kids, over 30 teams. He and all his brothers were involved with the little leaguer as coaches, umpire and photographer.
Due to his compassion and commitment to empower Camden City residents, Mr. Fuentes went on to serve as a member of City Council from 1994 to 2010; of which he was Council President from 2000 to 2010. He then went on to serve as an Assemblyman from the 5th District from 2009 to 2015. During his tenure in the NJ Assembly, he sponsored and supported legislation that has truly helped transform and revitalize the City of Camden, such as the Urban Hope Act, Economic Opportunity Act, ensuring state funds were available for the creation of the Camden County Police Department, and many others. He had over a dozen bills signed by Governor Christie. He is co-founder of the Camden Neighborhood Renaissance, diversity and Vibe, and raised thousands of dollars for charitable events (volleyball and tennis). He and Stephnie Coney, Founder of National Stop the Violence, have raised over $50,000 for fire victims and families with tragedies in the City of Camden.