New Leaders Council – N.J. names Medinah Muhammad as new advisory board chair

New Leaders Council – New Jersey, the statewide chapter of the nation’s largest nonprofit organization that works to develop, connect and uplift cross-sector leaders in social justice and progressive politics, on Tuesday announced that Medinah Muhammad will assume the role of NLC-NJ advisory board chair.

Muhammad currently serves as the director of intergovernmental affairs at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. In this role, she leads the efforts to build and maintain relationships with elected officials at all levels of government to create legislation and conduct outreach to the benefit of our state’s economy, small business owners and various work sectors.

“I am elated to serve in this role to increase engagement and give back to an organization that has helped me to flourish. Having the opportunity to serve in this way is an honor, for what good are my experiences if I don’t use them to benefit others in their growth.” Muhammad said. “I look forward to working with the executive board to the benefit of our current cohort, alumni and future cohorts.”

Muhammad, a lifelong resident of Essex County, also serves on the board of education for East Orange School District. She began her career as a staff member for the Essex County board of commissioners, where she worked closely with the president of the board to expand outreach to Essex County residents. She then went on to serve as chief of staff to Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake, becoming the youngest person in history to hold this title.

Muhammad left the assemblywoman’s office and took a role working for Gov. Phil Murphy as a senior legislative aide, where she worked to support the passage of the nation’s strictest gun safety bill package.

“Medinah espouses leadership ability and is a true champion for the people of New Jersey,” Mayrose Wegmann, NLC-N.J. statewide director and Northwest Region director at the New Jersey Education Association, said. “NLC is fortunate to have a proven change-maker joining our board in this capacity. I am excited to work alongside Medinah as we train the next generation of progressive leaders in this state.”