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Department of State

New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

Quarter in Review

I was honored to attend the plaque unveiling of Thomas Mundy Peterson from Perth Amboy. He was the first African American to vote the day after the 15th amendment was ratified. I was awed and humbled being in attendance of such a historic moment. The plaque unveiling was held at:

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Perth Amboy, NJ

Thomas Mundy Peterson Plaque Unveiling

The OFBI conducted its Social Entrepreneurship Enterprise Development (SE2D) pitch. A total of 11 nonprofit organizations were invited to the pitch. The largest cohort invited to the SE2D pitch. The organization invited were:

Community Actions Service Center;
Community Loan Fund of NJ;
Dawn Center for Independent Living;
Elijah's Promise;
Hopeworks 'N Camden;
Jewish Federation of SNJ;
Prevent Child Abuse;
Interfaith Neighbors;
Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May;
Saint Joseph's Carpenter Society.

Social Entrepreneurship Enterprise Development (SE2D) pitch

June 2018
Gracious Center for Learning and Enrichment Activities (GCLEA)

I had the honor and privilege to visit the Gracious Center for Learning and Enrichment Activities (GCLEA) in Cherry Hill and I participated in the Dhuhr (afternoon prayer). Afterwards, I had a great meeting with Tahoe Qazi, Asia Yunis, & Muqaddas Ejaz.


Thanks to the NJ Head Start Association for asking me to help coordinate and facilitate a funders panel during its annual conference.

NJ Head Start Association

May 17, 2018
GPA Conference

I had a great time attending and being a panel member of a Funders Panel at the Mid-Atlantic Grants Conference hosted by the Grant Professionals Association at Rutgers University. A lot of good information was shared in all the workshops and panels.

Met up with old friends and made new ones.

GPA Conference

Proud to be at attendance at Governor Murphy’s bill signing for Equal Pay For Women. It was humbling to hear Lilly Ledbetter share her story of her journey to get Equal Pay For Women. It’s a historic day.

Governor Murphy signs Equal Pay For Women

It was a pleasure attending the 8th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez presented the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award: Honoring New Jersey Women for Exceptional Achievements.

8th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration

March 17, 2018
Latinas in STEM 101 Conference

I attended the Latinas in Stem 101 conference which was held at:
Alexander D. Sullivan No. 30 Elementary School
171 Seaview Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305

There were over 200 students and parents being introduced to STEM concepts and both students and their parents were actively participating. This is Jazlyn Carvajal, Co-Founder of Latinas in Stem.

Latinas in STEM 101 Conference

March 2018
Carpenters March

I had a great time attending the historic gathering of Latino ministers and pastors to discuss the issues in the Latino communities and how the Northeast Regional Council is working to ensure that community members are finding employment working in the local unions.

Carpenters March


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