New Jersey Chapter

People-Powered. Place-Based. Equity-Focused. Training New Jersey’s emerging leaders.

NLC New Jersey trains cross-sector leaders who are committed to moving the communities they serve and our state forward. We connect inclusive leaders who have the expertise to implement change, and provide the skills and network to make that progress a reality.


NLC Fellows trained since our founding.


Over 15 NLC New Jersey alumni have held public office.


Committed volunteers who lead NLC-NJ’s Executive Board.

When my parents abandoned me as a teenager, I had a choice – to accept defeat or to fight to make our bureaucracies and our political system better. I’m someone who will never stop fighting for vulnerable communities, and NLC gave me the tools I needed to make a change.

– Petra Gaskins (she/her)
2016 NLC-NJ Fellow

NLC is the ability to grow with the leaders of tomorrow. In a world where young, progressive, People of Color rarely have spaces to showcase their excellence, NLC provides a welcoming environment to be your best self.

– Hector O. Oseguera Jr., Esq (he/him)
2021 NLC-NJ Fellow

I simply cannot imagine what my personal or professional life would look like today had I not joined this organization in 2016. I continue to serve on the local board because I want to do everything in my power to ensure that other emerging progressive leaders have the same opportunity.

– Louies Di Paolo (he/him)
2016 NLC-NJ Fellow

2021 Fellows

Adriana Abizadeh

Executive Director, Kensington Corridor Trust

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Aissa Heath

Techincal Research Assistant, MDRC

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Amy Torres

Director of Policy & Advocacy, Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)

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Brittany Hale

CEO & Chief Culture Architect, BND Consulting Group

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Danielle Jones

EOF Student Communications & Leadership Development Specialist, Brookdale Community College

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Emy Quispe

NJ Political Coordinator, SEIU Local 32BJ

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Hector Oseguera

AML Analyst, UBS

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Jonathan Lancaster

Lead Teacher and Social Studies Teacher, Bergen County Technical Schools

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Renee Kraus

Project Manager, Maternal Mortality Review Committee, New Jersey Department of Health

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Ruth Delgado

Communications Associate, Make the Road New Jersey

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Samantha Parker

Development and Public Affairs Director, Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

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Selaedin Maksut

Executive Director, CAIR-NJ

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Tom Little

Chief of Staff, Office of Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling & Joann Downey

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Tyrus Stokes-Ballard

Pharmacy Production Clerk/Trainer, Cigna/ Express Scripts; Candidate for BS

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Vineeta Kapahi

Policy Analyst, New Jersey Policy Perspective

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Wesley McWhite

Policy and Development Manager, Hyacinth Foundation

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William Cunningham

Senior Legislative Counsel, Unites States House of Representatives

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William Wang

Leadership Fellow, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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Garry Closeil

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Kaitlyn Wojtowicz

Kristin Ianco Yaeger

Madeline Urbish

Mateus Baptista

Natasha Rogers

Oliver Starnes

Parimal Garg

Rajpal Bath

Richard Sun

Rudy Rodas

Scarlett Rajski

Stephanie Brown

Tamar Lerer

Tamara Ibezim


Aakash Shah

Amit Jani

Brian Rock

Brian McGinnis

Brianna Earle

Crystal McDonald

Elizabeth Coulter

Jai Parson

Jenna Marie Mellor

Jerell Blakeley

John Butler

Kimby Heil

Louis Di Paolo

Lovely Randle

Matthew Platkin

Nagla Bedir

Nayeli Salazar

Norah Langweiler

Peter Chen

Petra Gaskins

Ryan Jones


Andrea Katz

Chike Achebe

Cort Adelman

Crystal Pruitt

James Solomon

Kylie Patterson

Leonard Jones

Marshall Spevak

Michael DeLamater

Pamela Razo

Princess Williams

Rashawn Davis

Rebecca Symes

Ronald Bautista

Sarah Geiger

Sean Brown

Sergio Granados

Shane Smith

Stathis Theodoropoulos

Stephanie Lagos

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Arpan Dasgupta

Brittany Aydelotte

Callie Chamberlain

Carlos Ivan Merino

Conor Tucker

Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Mahn

Evan Nison

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Katherine Brennan

Michael Comba

Sheena Patel

Susan Choy

Thomas Reynolds


Andrew Regenstreich

Brandon McKoy

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David Bander

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Neil Eicher

Rachel Moody

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Rajvir Goomer

Rob Houston

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Steven Boxer

William Moen

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Kim Case

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Matthew Bonasia

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Simone M. Portera

Steve Cordova

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Andrew Schwab

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Charles Burton

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Heather Baldwin

James Woodson

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Kari Osmond

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