Talita Elizeu
Council Aide, City Of Jersey City

Talita Elizeu grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and attended Gordon College in Wenham, MA as an undergraduate student. She was awarded the College's Clarendon Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship awarded to students of urban backgrounds with exceptional leadership skills and a dedication to racial and ethnic reconciliation. While in college, Talita worked as a waitress at multiple restaurants, which inspired her passion for the rights of working people. Later in her undergraduate career, she worked as an organizing intern for Hotel Trades Council, a hotel workers union in New York City, and 350 Mass for a Better Future, a Massachusetts-based climate advocacy group. Talita graduated from Gordon Collegein 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Talita Elizeu began her career as an Organizing Assistant for Hotel Trades Council, where she assisted with organizing a winning picket and boycott of a hotel that sought to cut workers' rights and benefits. In 2018, Talita began serving as the aide to Council President Rolando Lavarro of Jersey City, where she oversees constituent services, community outreach, and policy research. In 2020, Talita will begin a Masters of Science in Public and Urban Policy at The New School in New York City.

Talita comes from a family of manual laborers, and sees the working families of Jersey City as extensions of her own. As a result, Talita is passionate about political empowerment of people of color, creating and maintaining affordable housing, and policy that improves the lives of working people.