About New Jersey NOW

Incorporated in 1975, National Organization for Women of New Jersey is a state-wide grassroots women’s rights activist organization consisting of thousands of members, activists, and allies. New Jersey NOW has eight local chapters throughout the state, each autonomous and self-governed, on campuses and in the local community.

Mission

The purpose of New Jersey NOW is to take action through intersectional, anti-racist grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. 

Structure

New Jersey NOW is the largest feminist organization in the state. Our membership, voting biennially at the state conference, is the supreme governing body of the organization. Members may belong to local chapters and issue-oriented task forces, which lend the organization its broad grassroots strength. Every level of leadership is elected, and the State Board consists of eight elected members of the Executive Committee plus representatives from the chapters and task forces. We take pride that the very same people putting up the posters and engaging in local activism, serve on the State Board.

New Jersey NOW has two affiliated organizations, NOW-NJ Foundation and NOW-NJ Political Action Committee, two separately-funded self-governed organizations.  The NOW-NJ Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the NOW-NJ PAC is a political action committee formed under NJ-ELEC rules that endorses candidates in state level political campaigns and elections.

Outreach

 New Jersey NOW serves as a training ground for women’s leadership by recruiting and training young women on campuses and high schools to develop their own independent voice and self-determination. We engage and encourage mothers and women from under-represented communities to become active in the legislative process for policies that effect them and their families, such as reproductive health, paid family leave, child care, and public education.

What We Strive To Do

  • Eliminate gender-based discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society.
  • Secure access to abortion and birth control, reproductive rights and justice for all. 
  • End all forms of violence against women.
  • Eradicate racism, sexism, and homophobia.
  • Promote peace, equity and justice in our society.

How We Do It

  • Organize mass actions such as marches, rallies, pickets, counter-demostrations, non-violent civil disobedience.
  • Intensive lobbying and grassroots political organizing.
  • Increase awareness and train new activists via task forces,
    conferences, and organizing workshops
Anjali Mehrotra

Anjali Mehrotra

President

A lifetime member of NOW, Anjali serves on the National Global Feminist Committee and the Racial Justice Task Force. She is chair of the Democratic Party in her town and County Director for the South Asian American Caucus of the state party. Anjali also serves on the Union County Advisory Board on the Status of Minorities.

Jill LaZare

Jill LaZare

Administrative Vice President

Margaret Illis

Margaret Illis

Action Vice President

Linda Weber

Linda Weber

Legislative Vice President

An executive in internet technology and banking, Linda has been fight for women and equity her entire career. In 2017, Linda was candidate for NJ’s 7th Congressional District. Because she knows first-hand the obstacles faced by women running for office, Linda has started a PAC to help female candidates running for local and countywide races in New Jersey.

Rick Gray

Rick Gray

Membership Vice President

A NOW member for 20 years, Rick served as South Jersey NOW’s Database Manager, ALICE’S List coordinator, Clinic Escort and a member of our Nominating Committee. In addition, he served as their delegate to the NOW-NJ State Board, and as the State MembershipVice President for ten years.

A tribute to Rick Gray

Karen Lontka

Karen Lontka

Technology Vice President

Karen has been a NOW member of the Morris County chapter since 2004. She has served in this role since it was created. Prior to this, she was the NOW-NJ Technology Taskforce Chairperson for several years. Additionally, Karen is the current President of Morris County NOW.

Vacant

Vacant

Secretary

Katie Brennan

Katie Brennan

Treasurer

Katie Brennan is the chief of staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. Prior to this Katie worked in several public housing agencies after receiving a Masters in Urban Planning from Rutgers. Katie was also New Jersey Chapter Director for New Leaders Council. 

Deb Huber

Deb Huber

Immediate Past President

Deb joined NOW in 1978. Workplace issues as a member of the technical staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories triggered Deb’s interest in women’s rights, the women’s movement, and NOW. Highly successful in her career at BTL, Deb was designated a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in 1984.