About New Jersey Communities United


New Jersey Communities United (NJCU) is a membership-based grassroots community organization that builds power for low-income, working-class communities, communities of color in New Jersey.

We work to amplify the voices of historically marginalized communities that have been stripped of decision-making authority over schools, child care services, health care access, economic development, and housing in the communities where they live.

NJCU facilitates member-driven campaigns through community organizing, committee building and leadership development. We provide the technical support necessary to create sustainable campaigns that hold both public and private institutions accountable to our communities.


Roger Folklorico, Lead Organizer

Kris Hlatky, Community Organizer

Paul Karr, Deputy Director

Jaisun Lewinski, Community Organizer

Rebecca Mahabir, 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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