Ford joins NJBIA government affairs team

Althea D. Ford will join the New Jersey Business & Industry Association as vice president of government affairs, effective Jan. 31, NJBIA CEO and President Michele Siekerka said Wednesday.

Ford, who previously served as director of government relations for the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, brings valuable experience as a skilled researcher, legislative policy analyst and public speaker to her new role at NJBIA.

“Althea is well-respected by the business community, and the balanced, experienced and thoughtful approach she brings to advocating for New Jersey businesses will be a great asset as we expand the NJBIA government affairs team,” Siekerka said.

The NJBIA government affairs team also includes Chief Government Affairs Officer Christopher Emigholz, Deputy Chief Government Affairs Officer Ray Cantor, Vice President of Government Affairs Alexis Bailey and Director of Economic Policy Research Kyle Sullender.

A New Jersey native and Edison resident, Ford began working for the not-for-profit trade organization NJSFDA in 2012 as a government and external relations representative before her promotion to director of government relations in 2018.