Ismael Arcelay was born and raised in the Green Point section of Brooklyn, New York. He came to the Lehigh Valley to attend Muhlenberg College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and Marketing. He received his Master’s in Business Administration from Kutztown University, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Delhi State University in Delhi, NY.
Ismael’s professional career includes 27 years at AT&T as a Graphics Specialist, Web Designer and Developer, Business Planner, and Communications Director for a Business Resource Group. He also served as a Communications Manager at Reeb Millwork Corporation in Bethlehem.
Arcelay started his public service and government career,on the Northampton County Elections Commission from 1996 to 2001. He was elected to Bethlehem City Council in 2001, serving a four-year term. He also served as Northampton County Personnel Commissioner.
He was hired as an Assistant to Mayor Ed Pawlowski in 2006, acting as a liaison with city employees as well as constituents concerning matters pertaining to the Mayor’s Office, a position he still holds today. In 2009, Ismael became a Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Board, where he raised public awareness to civil rights and was responsible for educating the general public, law enforcement, educators and government officials on the prevention of discrimination and the fostering of equal opportunities for all residents. He served in this capacity until late 2012.
Ismael has lived and worked in the Lehigh Valley for 22 years, and wants to continue to serve his community. His experience in city and county government, as well as the corporate world, provide him with the skills and leadership necessary to bring a strong, independent voice to Northampton County.
Ismael currently lives in the East Hills section of Bethlehem with his wife of 25 years, Suzette. They have four children; three daughters: Natalie, Janee and Melanie, and a son, Timothy, a Major in the U.S. Army who recently returned from active duty in Kabul, Afghanistan.