Contact the NJ Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission
NJ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Commemorative Commission
P.O. Box 456
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0204

Tel: (609) 633-9627
Fax: (609) 777-2939

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Champion for Justice Jefferson Award

commemorative event speakers2016 Honoree -
Ray Wiss 

For 26 years, Ray Wiss has devoted his time and talents to advocate for millions of NJ students to help prepare them for a successful future. An attorney, he realized in 1988 that he could use his skills to make a difference in the lives of children through volunteerism on his local school board. Because of his dedication, compassionate leadership, integrity, and advocacy for children, he rose through the volunteer leadership ranks to become President of the New Jersey School Boards Association in 2010. As such, Ray led and inspired thousands of NJ volunteers.

Ray has a strong sense of community service and the notion that there is an obligation to pay back as best one can. He saw the big picture, and during tumultuous times in public education, he helped empower people; provide resources, training, and support; and let them know that there is someone who cares about them and supports them. Ray is committed to strengthening schools and inspiring children.

Ray Wiss continues his volunteer service today through the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey and is our 2016 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Champion for Justice Jefferson Award.