ROSELAND, N.J. – Neal Goldstein, a longtime Roseland resident with two sons who attend West Essex High School, is running for a seat on the West Essex Board of Education.
Professionally, Goldstein is the chief technology officer at financial company. Throughout his career, he has held various senior leadership roles in technology and financial services. In some of these positions, he has managed more than 150 engineers and governed budgets in excess of $100 million.
Goldstein previously served on the Roseland Board of Education for eight years, from 2010 to 2018, much of that time as the Vice President. At the request of the board, he stayed involved for an extra year to assist with teacher negotiations and tax issues.
During Goldstein’s time on the Roseland board, Lester C. Elementary School saw a spike in student enrollment, which was handled with minimal disruption to the school. Under his tenure, the board actively worked to steadily increase academic success as it introduced state-of-the-art technology and STEM programs into Roseland’s “gem on the hill.” Further, the Board implemented necessary security measures to ensure the children were safe at Noecker.
As a Board member, one of Goldstein’s defining characteristics was to always make himself accessible to constituents and worked towards harmony and consensus amongst members.
“Roseland has been very lucky to be a part of a regional school system as consistently highly rated as West Essex,” Goldstein says. “If elected, I’d work alongside the great teachers and administrators in place today to increase communication with the community, strengthen the financial position of school, and ensure it continues to produce successful young adults who make an impact in our community.”
Goldstein has loved raising his family in Roseland for the past 20 years. His beautiful wife Caroline grew up in Roseland, where they chose to raise their two sons, Sam, 16, and Max, 14.
Community can be defined in many ways. When presented with the opportunity to help set up a school and orphanage for those affected by the genocide in Rwanda, Goldstein jumped in. Seeing that the school has become a leader in education in Africa gives him great satisfaction.
Goldstein’s commitment to the Roseland community has always been a point of pride. He actively coached more than 15 sports teams over the past 20 years, and these have been some of the happiest moments of his life.
“I’m invested in the success of our school system for all the children in our community,” Goldstein says. “Having two children currently in the West Essex schools gives me a unique and critical perspective as a school board member. My accomplishments on the Roseland school board, decades of professional experience in finance and technology, and my desire to dedicate my time to improving our schools would make me a great addition to the West Essex school board.”