ROI Influencers: Women in Business 2021 — Government affairs

The 2021 ROI Influencers: Women in Business list includes eight sector categories. They are another way we can honor the best women in the New Jersey business world.

Trish Zita appeared in the Top 50 (A-HHHI-PQ-Z).

Mishael Azam
Vice president, external affairs
UnitedHealth Group
One of the leading policy experts in health — once she’s behind an issue, she’s fully committed.

Chrissy Buteas
Chief government affairs officer
N.J. Business & Industry Association
Extremely intelligent on all issues, she always comes prepared with facts to back up her asks.

Sonia Das
VP, government affairs
Advocacy & Management Group
A policy-process expert. Brings a unique perspective because she’s been involved in every branch of government.

Sonia Delgado
Strategic adviser
Princeton Public Affairs Group
A quiet political mastermind who observes everything. She understands the game and the players like few others.

Karin Elkis
Senior VP
Optimus Partners
Considered Trenton royalty — but works as hard as she did on her first day.

Jeannine Frisby LaRue
Senior VP
Kaufman Zita Group
Longtime insider hasn’t lost her dedication or enthusiasm — and is always willing to help next generation of women.

Jeanette Hoffman
Marathon Public Affairs
She has smarts and style. One insider said she’s always poised and always on top of her game.

Sarah Jones
Director of government affairs
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Noted for work ethic and dedication — and always being on the go for a company that is very active in Trenton.

Carol Katz
Katz Government Affairs
Veteran expert in all things politics. Considered Trenton royalty by many.

Jennifer Mancuso
Executive director
Fair Share Hospitals Collaborative
Brings a comprehensive voice and well-thought-out opinions and perspectives to health care policy.

Sabeen Masih
VP, public affairs
Capital Impact Group
She’s a star on the rise noted for hard work and professionalism.

Christine O’Brien
Insurance Council of New Jersey
Has a great handle on the insurance world — and the politics of Trenton.

Cristina Pinzon
Stateside Affairs
As a former journalist (yeah) and government official, she can analyze issues from all sides.

Monica Slater Stokes
Managing director, corporate and government affairs
United Airlines
Her ubiquitous presence in Trenton (pre-COVID) — even if the issues did not directly involve her — was noted by many.

Christine Stearns
Director, government affairs
Gibbons P.C.
A veteran expert who knows the issues, knows her stuff and knows the people she needs to know.

  • For the Top 10, click here.

  • For the rest of the Top 50 (alphabetically), click here (A-HH), here (HI-P) and here (Q-Z). 

  • And click here for 10 legendary business figures.

  • For the other sectors and all of the ROI Influencers: Women in Business, click here.