Born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Councilman Angel Fuentes has been a resident of the City of Camden since his family moved from Brooklyn, NY in 1973. He is an alumnus of Woodrow Wilson High School and received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from St. John Vianney College and Seminary in Miami, Florida. His mother, who remains as a source of inspiration to Councilman Fuentes, had a second grade education. She instilled in him core values and spirituality, such as helping those in need, which guide him to this current day. Councilman Fuentes is the proud parent of two children, Josuel and Mariangelis, who is currently attending the University of Louisiana on a full scholarship majoring in Nursing.
Councilman Fuentes has represented the residents of the City of Camden in various roles from community volunteer, founding of the Cramer Hill Williamsport Little League Team, to serving as a New Jersey State Assemblyman. While in the Assembly, Councilman Fuentes was a lead sponsor of the Urban Hope Act, an Act that has dramatically changed the direction of education in the City of Camden. Currently, Councilman Fuentes serves as Deputy County Clerk for the office of Camden County Clerk under the leadership of the Honorable Joe Ripa. He also represents Camden residents as a City Council member At-Large and was the Council’s past president from 2000-2010. He is also the President of the Hispanic Leader-ship Association.
His support of Camden’s Promise Charter School began in the fall of 1997 when he met the founders of Camden’s Promise, Dr. Conway and Mr. Helmbrecht. Councilman Fuentes was introduced to the founders of Camden’s Promise through Guadalupe Family Services and the Jesuit Urban Service Team located in North Camden. He immediately saw the potential impact of the school within the community and actively introduced the founders to community leaders and parents of school-aged children. He was also instrumental in determining the location of the school’s 879 Beideman Avenue Campus. Councilman Fuentes is actively involved in many community groups and projects and can always be counted on as an instrumental source of support and inspiration for the Camden’s Promise Community.