Chief financial officer
Tanji oversees Prudential’s global financial management matters, including financial reporting, investor relations, treasury, tax and corporate development. In addition to his role at Prudential, Tanji serves as trustee and treasurer for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.
Widely respected and praised by colleagues across the state, Taylor leads the effort to elevate the global company’s brand in New Jersey — as well as using EY’s strength to lift up small businesses run by minority entrepreneurs.
Anna Maria Tejada
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr/Executive Women of N.J.
A top lawyer at one of the state’s top firms (she defends management in labor and employment litigation nationwide and provides counseling and workplace training), Tejada also serves as the head of Executive Women of New Jersey.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center/Children’s Hospital of N.J.
Terry is leading hospital through a transformative $150 million upgrade, one he says will help it become better connected to — and better serve — the Newark community it covers.
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Heads one of the most important — and most respected — schools at Rutgers, one that focuses on grand challenges regarding the environment, social and demographic shifts facing our society, and the future of work.
Thevanayagam made his fortune with Parts Life, which supplies parts that help extend the lifetime of military products. His mission is to inspire others to achieve their potential, defy critics and thrive in the face of adversity through his Sam T Network.
Senior vice president
Public Service Enterprise Group
The influence Thigpen wields in Trenton is great. And, though he often fights the behind-the-scenes battles for PSEG, his out-front efforts regarding the extension of the Zero Emission Certificates for utility’s nuclear power plants showed his skill.
CEO and executive director
New Jersey Society of CPAs
When it comes to the state’s financial activities, Thomas always speaks with authority and facts — something that gives his words and opinions more impact and influence.
Mars Wrigley North America
Vincent, the new head of Mars Wrigley in Newark, has impressed those that he’s met at the company’s fantastic headquarters in the Ironside Newark building.
Founder and CEO
Wings for Growth
Her nonprofit, which she seemingly single-handedly built, has been a blessing for mid-career women looking for guidance on the road to become top-level executives.
Congressional Redistricting Commission
Some would argue Wallace should be a Top 10 pick, as he is the 13th member (and tie-breaking voter) of process that will determine the state’s congressional districts — and, thus, likely the makeup of the state’s congressional representatives.
Co-founder and CEO
From his perch atop the state’s largest Black-owned asset management firm, Blueprint Capital, Walthour has been relentless in advocating for equitable opportunities for minority businesses and people of color in the investment business.
VP of government and external affairs
Longtime government affairs specialist just moved over to Inspira Health, where she’ll do what she does best: Work with local and state officials while representing Inspira on associations where public policy and advocacy are key goals.
VP and chief government relations officer
Cooper University Health Care
A key player at Cooper, he provides strategic guidance on public policy issues and oversees Cooper’s advocacy efforts. He also serves on board of Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers and Cooper Lanning Square Renaissance School Facilities.
Nina and Ted Wells
Lawyers and philanthropists
A power couple in the state, they are both high-powered attorneys who have great influence and impact with legislators, business leaders and philanthropic organizations.
Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
Works closely with Hispanic organizations and corporate partners to increase the representation of Hispanics at all levels in Corporate America.
Appointed CEO less than a year ago, Williams is working to create a new chapter in the storied legacy of Newark’s iconic jazz station, seeking to strengthen WBGO’s commitment to promoting the art form of jazz and ensuring diversity in both its workforce and audience.
As chair of the Assembly committee on housing, Wimberly has been a leader in the fight on affordable housing and rent assistance.