Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi
A member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities, Banking and Finance and Corporate Internal Investigations and Monitoring Groups, he continues to serve as the firm’s point person for Triple Five in its development and operation of American Dream.
A true thought leader and influencer, she is founder and CEO of BND Consulting Group and interim CEO of group that aims to key economic growth for Latina and Black women entrepreneurs and innovators.
New Jersey Community Capital
Working hard to make sure capital gets to those who need it most in underserved communities.
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
The NJISJ recently launched the New Jersey Reparations Council, a new body that will aim to study the legacy of slavery in New Jersey and the possibility of providing reparations to those still impacted by it.
President, Individual Life Insurance
She is responsible for guiding the organization’s leaders and sales professionals who offer competitive solutions to meet the needs of consumers — including a diverse portfolio of products for those who face unique challenges.
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi
A seasoned attorney with more than two decades of experience in local government, municipal corporations, turnaround strategy, litigation and fiscal management, he also is co-chair of the firm’s DEI committee.
Chief human relations officer
She is one of the top human resources officers in the region, having served in key roles at many top companies.
Cannabis Regulatory Commission
Continuous to handle the difficult role of overseeing a commission facing a multitude of challenges that differ by issue and municipality.
Vice president, innovation & entrepreneurship
One of the sharpest minds in the entrepreneurial space, she is an expert at helping startups commercialize new technologies, launch new products, formulate business plans, pitch to investors and drive business development.
She was the first female Muslim mayor in the state (Montgomery) and one of the first state legislators. Shameful that anti-Muslim harassment is costing the state a talented leader. She will not run for reelection.
Vice president, operations
JFK University Medical Center
He recently helped lead the inaugural South Asian Community Health Initiative Health Fair — a new program focused on improving the health and well-being (and address health care inequities) of the large south Asian community in and around Edison.
Partner & tax leader
She’s a specialist in tax planning and compliance for multistate businesses and high net worth individuals (up to $1 billion).
Vice president, government affairs
Top government affairs professional handles all aspects of relationships with state and local officials. He also sits on the board of Newark Alliance.
Executive vice president, real estate development and programs
N.J. Economic Development Authority
A leader in advancing urban growth and equity, he has led and facilitated more than $3 billion of public, private and philanthropic investments in development projects and community programs in his career.
Heads one of the most important hospitals in the state: a Level 1 Trauma Center that serves as the principal teaching hospital for Rutgers while serving an underserved population.
Aiysha “A.J.” Johnson
N.J. Society of CPAs
How do you succeed a legendary figure? By being out and about, meeting members of NJCPA and the business community at large. Johnson is a ubiquitous figure on the networking circuit.
Lawyer & board member
Much of his work is based out of New York City, but the Montclair resident plays a big role in New Jersey, where Gov. Phil Murphy frequently calls on his expertise as a former high-ranking federal official.
Johnson & Johnson
The immediate past president of the Garden State Bar Association, Johnson is active in various groups that impact social equity while maintaining a top job at J&J.
Dr. Robert Johnson
Rutgers N.J. Medical School
The future of the school — as in, will it merge with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School? — will be top of mind in the coming months.
Partner & chief diversity officer
He’s a corporate attorney focusing on mergers & acquisitions while also helping Gibbons become a role model for DEI in the legal world.
1868 Public Affairs
If this were purely a political list, Jones would be in the Top 25 — and high up. He is chair of New Jersey Democratic Party.
South Asian Bar Association
An associate counsel at Verizon with a specialty in information technology and pharma, she speaks frequently on diversity and corporate matters.
Executive vice president & head, oncology, Novartis U.S.
She’s a top executive at Novartis who recently was honored as one of the Elite 100 Leaders by Diversity Woman Media.
The former deputy mayor for Newark has been instrumental in transforming Essex County Surrogate’s Court — launching a major community education program, increasing online accessibility of necessary documents and making it 100% self-funded.
Head of global business solutions
Former chief growth officer now oversees the company’s merchant-focused offerings — all while serving as a champion for, and sought-after authority on, equity in the corporate space.
U.S. House of Representatives
How’s this for different: In a Congress increasingly filled with grandparents, Kim helped start a dads caucus (there is also a moms caucus) that — hopefully — will bring issues parents are facing to the forefront.
Chief diversity officer & director of Teaching & Learning Center
In addition to leading DEI efforts, she serves as an adjunct assistant professor in information systems and supply chain management, where she teaches statistics and analytics courses.
Dr. Vasantha Kondamudi
Chief medical officer
Recently-named CMO will spearhead clinical research, direct the development of clinical information systems, lead physician engagement and oversee the new Graduate Medical Education Program.
Director of Economic and Housing Development
She has long established herself as a go-to person and thought leader on one of the biggest issues facing Newark (and all urban communities): affordable housing.
His practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, class actions and domestic and international arbitrations. He is the immediate past president of the Hispanic Bar Association.
Latin American Economic Development Association
The LAEDA, a leader in South Jersey, pursues its mission in three areas: entrepreneurship development and business counseling, commercial district revitalization and commercial real estate redevelopment.
Member & Chair, State and Local Incentives Practice
Sills Cummis & Gross
Known as one of the top real estate lawyers in the state — and one willing to give back in many ways. She sits on boards of Commercial Real Estate Women of N.J., Rutgers Center for Real Estate, University Hospital, NJ Sharing Network and Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Chief government affairs officer
Under her leadership, Kean received the unique designation of being the first Urban Research University in New Jersey. Previously, she was the first African American and the first woman to serve as regional administrator for U.S. Small Business Administration.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Recently elevated to role — he came to RWJUH from New York-Presbyterian, where he served in multiple senior leadership roles since 2009 — Lee is proving to be the right person for challenging times.
Director of community outreach
Go-to person at Jingoli also serves on board of directors of Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey.
She no longer lives in New Jersey, but her billion-dollar company — the one that has the naming rights to Rutgers’ football stadium — maintains its huge presence in Somerset.
LeGrand Coffee House
Selected as the Buy Black partnership winner for the 2022-23 season, his brand’s logo appeared on the New Jersey Devils’ helmets during all road games — giving him solid exposure throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Rutgers Business School
Her research expertise includes supply chain network design and optimization, operations planning, scheduling and process recovery after disruptions, demand-supply planning and resource allocation optimization.
Chief of staff
Highly regarded in health care (she previously served as chief pharmacy officer), Lew is completing her first year as chief of staff, helping to oversee all aspects of system’s transition to new leadership.
James Lewis V
Chief diversity, equity & inclusion officer; President
Cole Schotz; Garden State Bar Association
Highly honored as an employment lawyer, he also is a champion of DEI issues, serving as firm’s first chief diversity officer and also as president of Garden State Bar Association.
McCarter & English
A legendary figure in legal circles, Linares chairs McCarter’s Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. He previously served as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Vice president of operations
Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of N.J.
In addition to her work at the chamber, she is one of the top engineering consultants in public and private sectors. She serves on committees connected to the Wind Port and North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. She also is very active in Puerto Rico, as member of board of PAYE PR.
Senior vice president, strategic partnerships
Hackensack Meridian Health
Senior executive is leading real estate strategy for how HMH will organize its massive footprint beyond its 18 hospitals. And, as former head of Choose New Jersey, he maintains connections to key government officials and business leaders.
He’s ahead of the curve on every issue, which is why Plainfield continues to grow and prosper.
Assistant vice president, enrollment management
County College of Morris
Seasoned bilingual higher education leader in the areas of academic support services, college readiness, admissions, recruitment, advisement, financial aid and online higher education marketing.
Dee C. Marshall; Mita Mallick
Brown Table Talk
Understanding and action starts with education. They take on important issues, giving voice to concerns that were not addressed.
Founder and president
Hard work and persistence — combined with a superior product — are the secret to his success.
Atabey Consulting Group
After building a reputation on reaching, engaging and mobilizing the Latino community at Atabey Consulting Group, Martinez has also begun working with 1868 Public Affairs.
Monica Martinez Milan
Call her an entrepreneur extraordinaire. She is owner of the Green Brook location of Stumpy’s Hatchet House, managing partner of Tyrol Group LLC and board member of Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Somerset County Business Partnership.
Senior vice president
Capital Impact Group
Her influence across the state continues to grow. She was appointed to AAPI Commission by the governor and continues to serve as mentor to students at Rutgers, Rider and Rowan universities.
Owner and president
Massey Insurance Agency
Massey (along with her mother, Emma Massey) heads one of the few African American women-owned brokerages in the country. The two are quick to give back through internship and mentoring programs.
Chief diversity officer
Valley continues to be one of the best places to work — and best places to bank. Mata and her team have a lot to do with that.
MAD Global Strategy
A key player at the fast-growing firm. Matos is one of the top government affairs leaders in the state (and country), serving on numerous boards and commissions.
A social activist, she is helping those in underserved communities to empower themselves by demanding better educational opportunities while encouraging them to vote — and run for office.
Deputy head of government and market affairs
A key player for wind energy company finding its way in shifting market conditions.
Director of strategic initiatives
All Stars Project of New Jersey
The nonprofit with the creative model of mixing students and business leaders has impacted more than 35,000 kids since coming to Newark in 1999.
Well known throughout N.J. and N.Y. for his leadership of corporations, communities and people, he has earned a reputation as a business-savvy lawyer who is equally at home in the boardroom and in the trenches (he serves as chief operating officer in Paterson).
This is impact: Seeing a need for a space where multicultural, LGBTQA and women-owned startups and ventures could work and build a community led Medina to create =Space (read it as “equal space”) in Newark.
Equality, Period. NJ
Led the fight to pass a law requiring N.J. schools to offer free menstrual products for students in grades 6-12. This is a big deal.
Dress for Success
She leads an organization with 144 affiliates in 23 countries that has a mission to help women achieve economic independence via a suite of services to include job readiness support, professional development resources, coaching and mentorship and workplace attire.
First vice president & senior human resources and diversity business partner
Veteran human resources executive is an expert on ensuring regulatory and legal compliance, identifying opportunities for process improvement and developing an internal talent pipeline.
Senior vice president, diversity and impact
Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment
Executive who handles diversity & inclusion standards, programs and initiatives — most significantly, the Buy Black program — at HBSE.
Chair of the firm’s redevelopment and land use practice, the Jamaican-born attorney has represented major developers (Hanini Group, RBH Group, L+M) on large-scale mixed-use projects throughout the state and in many of Newark’s major land-use projects in the past 20+ years.
She not only is a rising star as a communications professional in various aspects of health care, but a champion of health equity and DEI initiatives, eager to educate others and implement initiatives.
Co-founding member and president
He is a recognized leader in designing spaces to fit the complex needs of the new aging generation, from independent living residents to those requiring skilled nursing and memory care services.
Megan Myungwon Lee
Chair & CEO
Panasonic North America
Leads North American headquarters for global giant.
Heads Gateway U, a hybrid college that partners with Southern New Hampshire University to provide personalized coaching to students while working to improve socioeconomic mobility through an affordable and accessible college choice.
Chair & CEO
She’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist and grassroots community organizer and activist who brings decades of knowledge and experience on environmental boards — including serving as a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council.