Laura Bustamante has joined Tonio Burgos & Associates New Jersey, as vice president of the New Jersey office. Bustamante will manage the interests and goals of an array of clients.
Bustamante brings a wealth of experience in local and state politics, crisis management, nonprofit organizations and campaign strategy to the firm. Noted for numerous campaign wins, Bustamante has established a solid reputation on both state and national levels.
Throughout her career, Bustamante has been instrumental in helping Democrats get elected across the state, including U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11th Dist.), Mayor Andre Sayegh from Paterson and Alderwoman Karol Ruiz from Dover. Bustamante recently worked with the Union County Democratic Committee under the leadership of state Senate President Nick Scutari (D-Clark) to help organize and improve Latino voter turnout.
Bustamante’s political career began as chief of staff to Jersey City Councilman James Solomon, where she led and coordinated lifesaving COVID-19 information and volunteer response to residents. She also spearheaded housing and social justice initiatives and improving government transparency.
During her time at New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, she headed advocacy efforts, crafting, managing and executing strategies for NJAIJ’s core campaigns, which focused on making New Jersey a more welcoming and equitable state.
Bustamante was named to Insider NJ’s 2022 LGBTQ+ Power List in New Jersey and has been recognized as a rising star in politics. She is a Colombian immigrant and is the first in her family to graduate from college. She holds a Master of Public Administration in public policy and administration and a Master of Science in protection management, both specializing in emergency management, from John Jay College. Bustamante graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and national security from New Jersey City University.