East Orange, New Jersey
Dedication, passion, and tenacity characterize Ms. Judith P. Fenelus. Born in Miami, Florida, but raised in East Orange, New Jersey, Ms. Fenelus is the proud daughter of Haitian immigrants. She is currently the Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter of the 35th Legislative District. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Fenelus advises the Assemblywoman on all Federal, State and Local issues that impact the 35th Legislative District. She also supervises staff, handles the press and other interest groups. In addition to her role as Chief of Staff, Ms. Fenelus is an integral part of the Assemblywoman’s strategy team and advises her in the most critical and sensitive political areas. Ms. Fenelus’ career in politics, campaign work and government has spanned over 20 years. Upon completing her undergraduate studies she was selected amongst many to serve as the Maxine Waters Fellow in Washington D.C. Subsequently, after her fellowship she worked with the League of Conservation Education Fund supporting Presidential candidate Al Gore.
After the 2000 election, Ms. Fenelus served as the Political and Outreach Coordinator for the National Association of Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) National Voter Fund. After three years in Washington D.C, she returned to New Jersey where she has worked on several gubernatorial, municipal and school board campaigns. Ms. Fenelus served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey State Martin Luther King Jr. Commission for close to eight years where she created many innovative programs. Ms. Fenelus also serves as a Political Coach for candidates across the country who are running for office. She is passionate about bringing more young people and people of color into the political arena. As an avid fighter for democracy, equal rights and restorative justice, she believes that with much faith in God her efforts will not be in vain.
Addisu Demissie is a Founding Principal of 50+1 Strategies with over 15 years of professional experience in political advocacy and campaign strategy.
Anthony leads the Black consumer initiative work, joining the team in October 2020, with more than 23 years at Prudential.
Benjamin Branch has over 18 years of legislative, political and public policy expertise. He is the former Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC where he was responsible for developing and implementing the CBCPAC’s fundraising strategy and outreach while overseeing daily operations.
Christopher James, currently serving as East Orange Council President, is a champion for people and a government enthusiast. Chris’ political and governmental interest began in his early childhood at his mother’s side as she worked tirelessly, selflessly, and courageously for the late Congressman Donald M. Payne, Sr. It was from his mother that he learned the meaning of public service.
Chuck Rocha began his political career in the woods of East Texas at United Rubber Workers Local 746. By 22, Chuck had become the youngest officer of the 1,200 person local. At 29, he was hired to be the youngest, first person of color and last rank-and-file National Political director of the United Steelworkers of America. Chuck is credited for building out one of the top national labor political departments in the country.
DeJuana L. Thompson is the creator of “Woke Vote” a program specifically designed to engage, mobilize and turnout an unprecedented percentage of African American millennial and faith based voters in Alabama.
Frankie Miranda is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Federation (HF), the nation’s premier Latino non-profit membership organization. He is a well-respected leader with critical knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the Latino community in the 21st century.
Gabrielle founded The Highland Project in October 2020, an organization focused on building and sustaining a pipeline of Black women leading communities, institutions, and systems, resulting in the creation of multi-generational wealth in their communities.
Jonae Wartel is an organizer, trainer and innovative leader with over a decade of experience empowering communities and inspiring change. She currently serves as VP of Advocacy and Elections at More than a Vote, a coalition of black professional athletes fighting black voter suppression through advocacy, education and mobilization.
Judith is currently the Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter of the 35th Legislative District.
Leonard “LB” Brooks brings over two decades of experience in music & entertainment business strategy, artist development, artist management, publishing, marketing, A&R and operations.
Marisa Rivera is the President of Mpowerment Works, a consulting firm designed to impact global change by empowering people and communities.
With more than 15 years of management, advocacy, and communications experience, Naomi N. Shelton is the chief executive officer of the National Charter Collaborative (NCC), a nonprofit organization focused on increasing the diversity and performance of the nation’s charter school sector by supporting the success of single-site schools led by leaders of color. NCC’s network includes more than 450 charter school leaders of color representing 25 states and the District of Columbia.
Regina Montoya is a Harvard-trained attorney who has been nationally recognized as one of the top lawyers in the country, and she is a former award-winning television commentator. She is currently working on a book about the importance of incorporating Latinos into the economic, political and social fabric of America, and she is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of issues including healthcare, poverty, diversity and children.
Scot X. Esdaile is a member of the National Board of Directors and is President of the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches.
Terrence Patterson is a native Memphian who currently serves as CEO of the Memphis Education Fund and is the past President and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission.
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