Former state director of Humane Society, Elissa Frank, joins NJBIA government affairs team

Elissa Frank will join the New Jersey Business & Industry Association as vice president of government affairs, effective Monday, where she will lead NJBIA’s government affairs team on labor and other issues, according to a Thursday announcement from NJBIA CEO and President Michele Siekerka.

Frank brings valuable experience as a legislative policy analyst. She previously served as the New Jersey state director of the Humane Society of the United States.

“Elissa has a broad handle on many legislative issues across the state and is well-respected in Trenton for the intellect, research capabilities and passion she brings to her work,” Siekerka said. “I’m thrilled that Elissa is joining us. She will be a great asset for our expanding and dedicated NJBIA government affairs team.”

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 Althea D. Ford and Director of Economic Policy Research Kyle Sullender.

In addition to her valuable experience at HSUS-New Jersey, Frank, a Morris Plains resident, worked as an associate and law clerk at the Hackensack-based firm of Kates Nussman Ellis Farhi & Earle from 2019 through 2021.

Frank also previously worked as a research assistant and law clerk at Rutgers Law School and Sills Cummis & Gross, respectively, in addition to serving as the director of legislative affairs for then-Assemblyman Reed Gusciora from 2016-2018.

Frank is a 2021 graduate of Rutgers Law School in Newark, where she also was the editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Law Record.