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Board of Trustees


Paulette Brown, Esq.
Founder & Principal MindSetPower LLC; Past President American Bar Association & National Bar Association

Robin A. Lenhardt, Esq.
Professor, Georgetown Law Center

B. John Pendleton, Jr., Esq.
Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs, PARTS iD, Inc.

Kenneth Y. Tanji
Executive Vice President and CFO, Prudential Financial, Inc.

Douglas S. Eakeley, Esq.
Alan V. Lowenstein Professor of Corporate and Business Law, Rutgers University School of Law

John J. Farmer, Jr., Esq.
Director of Eagleton Institute of Politics, University Professor of Law, Justice Alan B. Handler Scholar, Director of Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University

Paul J. Fishman, Esq.
Partner, Arnold & Porter

Michael D. Francis, Esq.
Managing Member, Safety First Systems

Jerome C. Harris, Jr.
President, The Harris Organization, LLC

Ryan P. Haygood, Esq.
President & CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

Rev. Timothy Adkins-Jones, Ph.D.
Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church, Newark

Sandra King
Public Television Journalist, 26-time Emmy Award winner, “Due Process”

Dr. John H. Lowenstein, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, New York University

James McQueeny
Chair, Winning Strategies Public Relations, LLC

Diana DeJesus-Medina
Chief of External Strategy and Affairs, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Patricia Nachtigal, Esq.
Formerly Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Ingersoll-Rand Co. Ltd.

Darrell K. Terry, Sr.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Martin Vergara II
Managing Director Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Morgan Stanley

Nina Mitchell Wells, Esq.
Former Secretary of State for New Jersey

Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams, Ph.D.
Chair, Women’s & Gender Studies, New Jersey City University

Gary M. Wingens, Esq.
Chair and Managing Partner, Lowenstein Sandler, LLP

Job Openings: Do Social Justice with Us

Director - Democracy & Justice Program

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (“Institute”) seeks a dedicated, creative, social and racial justice-minded person to serve as the Director of the Democracy & Justice Pillar. This is a unique position that combines rigorous research, policy analysis, litigation and carrying out community-driven advocacy campaigns to help advance our mission and innovative agenda.

To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, two professional writing samples on which you are the primary author, and three professional references to Please submit your application materials via Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF. Include all attachments in a single email stating, in the subject line, “Director of Democracy and Justice Program.”

For more information on the position, please click here.