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Community Involvement

 

My passion for community involvement was instilled in me by my parents at a very young age. As a child, I volunteered at a local nursing home, championed diversity awareness campaigns, and served in youth group leadership roles. While in college, I continued my community service by volunteering at a New Brunswick, NJ soup kitchen and `serving as my Sophomore and Junior class Treasurer and Senior class President.

 

In the Millburn-Short Hills community, I have acted as a community leader regarding numerous issues before the Millburn Township Committee and Millburn Board of Education. In this role, I have spoken both publicly at meetings, and also privately with individual members, to help broker reasoned and compromised solutions to help avoid community strife. I have also been selected for, and served, in numerous official community leadership roles including: 

 

  • Member of the Millburn-Short Hills Fourth of July Committee, Inc.
  • Millburn Township Recreation Girls Softball and Soccer Coach
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Congregation B’nai Israel
    • Leadership Development subcommittee member
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Benefit Committee Co-Chair
  • Former Member of the Associate Board of Directors of The Jericho Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to rehabilitating homeless men and women in New York City.

 

In these roles I learned how to function as a fiduciary representing the best interests of the groups I served. Additionally, as a result of my extensive experiences serving on various Boards, I have learned and honed the necessary processes and procedures to facilitate collaborative decision making.

 

Professionally, I have always been a very strong supporter of providing pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations and underserved individuals. In 2007, I was awarded the Cornerstone Award by Pro Bono Partnership, a nationally recognized organization which facilitates to provision of quality pro bono legal services, for engaging in the top 10% of pro bono service hours in New York City. Upon leaving private practice, and commencing employment as an attorney with a multi-national healthcare corporation, I established a group which also provides pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations and underserved individuals. Currently, I continue to serve as the chair of this group.


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