Justin Braz has been named as director of the New Jersey chapter of New Leaders Council. He succeeds Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, the new NJ State Director for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Until recently, Justin Braz was chief of staff for Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (LD-20). Congratulations to Justin.
What is New Leaders Council? NLC’s tagline is Training the Next Generation of Progressive Political Entrepreneurs. NLC fellows are young professionals most of whom have already shown leadership. They make a 5-month commitment to their training, one weekend per month, and take training in a curriculum of personal leadership development, entrepreneurship, communications and marketing, fund raising and finance, political strategy and management, traditional and new media, and Internet and technology. Emphasis is on teamwork, and there is an opportunity to meet with local and national leaders, and be paired with a career mentor.
A few weeks ago, Blue Jersey alums Scott Shields and Jason Springer and Blue Jerseyan Deciminyan taught netroots, and online organizing skills at the NLC-NJ Institute weekend training in New Brunswick.
Every year, NLC recognizes 40 Leaders Under 40. Past winners include Michele Jaker, Exec. Director of Planned Parenthood of NJ, Michelle Harris-Perry, who taught at Princeton until recently and is now at Tulane and is an MSNBC show host, and Justin Krebs, who runs Living Liberally and grew up in Highland Park and Jessica Valenti, founder of pro-women blog Feministing, who got her Masters Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University and is now part-time lecturer there.
Co-chairs of the New Jersey chapter of New Leaders Council are Newark Councilman (and congressional candidate in CD10) Ron C. Rice and Assemblyman Troy Singleton (LD-7).