About New Jersey Communities United


New Jersey Communities United is a progressive grassroots community organization committed to building power for low and moderate income people across the State of New Jersey.

At NJCU, we work to amplify the voices of oppressed and marginalized communities, who have been excluded from the American Dream.  Our members are low- and moderate-income communities, communities of color, students, parents, teachers, and immigrants who believe in the power of collective action. We develop the capacities essential to hold government and corporations accountable, improve the health of our families, economy and environment, and protect our public schools, our homes, our workplaces, our communities and our financial institutions.


Emily Devenney, Community Organizer

Mitch Ellmauer, Researcher

Roger Folklorico, Lead Organizer

Kris Hlatky, Community Organizer

Paul Karr, Deputy Director

Rebecca Mahabir, Community Organizer

Mo'neke Ragsdale, Community Organizer

Trina Scordo, MSW, Executive Director

Kyle Turley, Community Organizer



Grace Alexander, NJCU member, 1199 SEIU delegate

Ida Jackson, Newark, Resident, NJCU Member

Sharon Krengel, Education Law Center

Carmen Martino, Rutgers University Labor Education Center

Ken McNamara, CWA 1037 President


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