Candidate for Legislative District 10
Eileen is a senior business development executive in the design and construction industry. She is widely recognized for her expertise in building small businesses into larger firms and for her advocacy on behalf of women and minority owned businesses in the state contracting process. She has an extensive background in forming coalitions among vast sectors of business, government entities and community stakeholders. Eileen is a sought-after expert in public policy development, and a leader among women in the design and construction industry.
Eileen currently serves on the board of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey, on the Brick Planning Board, and is a former member of the Brick Board of Adjustment. She has a Bachelor’s degree in public administration from Kean University. She also has served on numerous industry-specific boards, including Women in Transportation Seminar and the Society of Marketing Professionals. She was named one of the “Top 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ Magazine and was the recipient of its “40 Under 40” award; earned the SMPS New York City Chapter Marketing Achievement Award; was named “Outstanding Woman” by the Women’s Building Council; and received an “Award of Excellence” in recognition of her commitment to maximizing contracting opportunities for women and minority owned firms.
Born and raised in Ocean County, NJ, Eileen spent much of her life in Brick Township, where she currently resides. Her father was a disabled veteran who died when Eileen was young, and her family struggled with poverty and homelessness. Government and community programs allowed Eileen to obtain employment as a youth, earn a college degree, and overcome the disadvantages of her childhood. These experiences provided Eileen with insight into the crucial role the government plays in providing people with support and opportunity, so that they may strive for their own independence, success and security. Eileen’s experiences with adversity motivated her take up political activism and to be a voice for the disenfranchised and under-represented.
This desire to fight for the underserved is why Eileen is running to represent New Jersey’s 10th legislative district in the General Assembly. Eileen is troubled by the recent severe cuts in school funding, and she’s concerned that the region has not yet fully recovered from Super Storm Sandy. When elected, Eileen will work to build the public transportation and infrastructure Ocean County needs to attract industry and investment to create jobs, and she will fight for Ocean County’s fair share of funding and services from Trenton.