SAVE THE DATE!

The next Ready to Run® New Jersey program will be held March 9-10, 2018. More details to come - check back soon.

Ready to Run® New Jersey

For the past 18 years, our flagship New Jersey program has trained over 2,500 women to run for office, seek appointed positions, and manage campaigns.  Ready to Run® program attendees walk away with: 

  • How to” instructions on running for office
  • Fundraising and media skills
  • Real-world advice and best practices from experts
  • Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership
  • Inspiration to launch a campaign
  • A better understanding of party politics
  • Internet strategies for political campaigns 

Not from New Jersey? Anyone may participate in the New Jersey program, or find a Ready to Run® in your state.

Increasing the Representation of Women of Color in Elected Office 

CAWP has developed a Diversity Initiative of Ready to Run® to attract more women of color into the political process and encourage them to seek public leadership. The Diversity Initiative in New Jersey comprises three separate programs for African American women, Asian American women, and Latinas. Since the creation of the Diversity Initiative, fully half of participants in the New Jersey Ready to Run® program have been women of color.

Diversity Initiative

Elección Latina

Election Latina panelistsCAWP and LUPE Fund, Inc., together with a steering committee of leaders in the Latino/a community, sponsor Elección Latina, a preconference session of the New Jersey Ready to Run® Campaign Training for Women. Elección Latina participants attend a half-day session that targets issues of particular interest to Latinas running for political office.  Elección Latina participants then attend Ready to Run® the next day to learn about the nuts and bolts of working on a campaign.  

Ready to Run™ offers a unique opportunity for potential women candidates to hear directly from prominent elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, and party officials about how to get Ready to Run®.  Topics covered include fundraising, navigating the political parties, working with the media, and developing a campaign plan.  More details on Ready to Run™ can be found here.

Elección Latina Steering Committee

(affiliations for identification purposes only)
 
Peggy Anastos
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Martha L. Bahamon

Milagros Camacho
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

Grissele Camacho-Pagan, Esq.
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Patricia Campos-Medina
Campos Strategies

Carmen Diaz
LUPE Fund, Inc.,
New Brunswick Library Board of Trustees, and
Douglass College Alumnae Association Board of Directors

Wilda Diaz
Mayor, Perth Amboy

Zulima V. Farber, Esq.
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Nilda Garcia
Latina Women’s Council of Mercer County

Lucía Gómez-Jiménez
La Fuente, A Tri-State Worker and Community Fund

Wendy Martinez
1868 Public Affairs and LUPE Fund, Inc.

Gilda Morales
Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Iveth Mosquera
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Margarita Muñiz

Andrea Martinez-Mejia
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Arlene Quinones Perez, Esq.
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Jose Perez

Lillian A. Plata, Esq.
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Katty Rivera
Rutgers University Latino Alumni Association (LAARU)

Ana Shaener
Mujeres Latinas en Acción

Gloria Soto, Esq.
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Noemi Velázquez
LUPE Fund, Inc.

 

Questions? 

Contact Jean Sinzdak at (848) 932-8781 or sinzdak@eagleton.rutgers.edu.

Run Sister Run: Women of the African Diaspora Changing the Political Landscape

CRun Sister Run panelistsAWP, together with a steering committee of African American women leaders, sponsors Run Sister Run: Women of the African Diaspora Changing the Political Landscape, a preconference session of Ready to Run® Campaign Training for Women. Run Sister Run participants attend a half-day session that targets issues of particular interest to African American women running for political office.  Run Sister Runparticipants then attend Ready to Run® to learn about the nuts and bolts of working on a campaign.  

Ready to Run® offers a unique opportunity for potential women candidates to hear directly from prominent elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, and party officials about how to get Ready to Run®. Topics covered include fundraising, navigating the political parties, working with the media, and developing a campaign plan.  More details on Ready to Run® can be found here.

Run Sister Run Steering Committee

(Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.) 

Charlene Brown
New Jersey External Affairs Vice President, AT&T

Lauren Cooper 

Tahirah Cooper

Tara Dowdell
The Tara Dowdell Group, LLC

Joyce Wilson Harley, Esq. 
Executive Director of Administrative Services, Essex County College

Desha Jackson
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA)

Barbara George Johnson
John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, Thomas Edison State College

Francesca Dulce Larson
Mosaic Strategies Group

Genia Philip
Black Americans Lobbying for Leadership of Tomorrow (BALLOT) and Caribbean Bar Association 

Questions?

Contact Jean Sinzdak at (848) 932-8781 or sinzdak@eagleton.rutgers.edu.

Rising Stars: Educating Asian American Women for Politics

CRising Stars participantsAWP, together with a steering committee of Asian American women leaders, sponsors Rising Stars: Educating Asian American Women for Politics, a preconference session of the Ready to Run® Campaign Training for Women. Rising Stars participants attend a half-day session that targets issues of particular interest to Asian American women running for political office.  Rising Stars participants then attend Ready to Run™ to learn about the nuts and bolts of working on a campaign. 

Ready to Run® offers a unique opportunity for potential women candidates to hear directly from prominent elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, and party officials about how to get Ready to Run. Topics covered include fundraising, navigating the political parties, working with the media, and developing a campaign plan.  More details on Ready to Run® can be found here.

Rising Stars Steering Committee

(Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.)

Azra Baig
Member, South Brunswick Board of Education

Cecilia Xie Birge
Former Mayor, Montgomery Township

Cheryl Quinio-Blodgett
Filipino American Political Action Committee

Zainab Chaudary

Ludi Hughes
President and Founder,
Asian American Chamber of Commerce

S. Nadia Hussain

Tina Liu Jen
Morris County Human Relations Commission
and 80-20 Initiative of New Jersey

Khyati Y. Joshi
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Thuy Anh Le
Former Member, Hillsborough Township Board of Education

Toral Patel

Sapana Shah, Esq.
Vice President, Edison Township Council

Jeannie Tsukamoto 
Former Councilwoman, Borough of Madison




 

Questions? 

Contact Jean Sinzdak at (848) 932-8781 or sinzdak@eagleton.rutgers.edu.