LINDEN, NJ - New Leaders Council New Jersey (NLC NJ) today announced that Katlyn Wojtowicz ‘17, and
Stephanie Brown ‘17, have been elected to serve as Chapter Director and Deputy Chapter
Director, respectively. Wojtowicz succeeds outgoing Chapter Director, Katie Brennan ‘14, who
has served as Chapter Director since 2017. Brown succeeds Wojtowicz as Deputy Chapter
“Over the past three years, the work of our Executive Board has taken the organization to new
heights. The Institute offers a top-notch fellowship experience. The recruitment and selection
process is of professional quality. The mentorship program has taken off. We've held policy
events, interviewed gubernatorial candidates, and strengthened our diversity and alumni
programming. Our fellows come from a wider variety of backgrounds and industries than ever
before. More than 10 percent of our alumni have held elected office. Last year, we watched as
unprecedented numbers of our alumni entered public service in some of the highest State level
positions. New Leaders Council is recognized across New Jersey as a seal of progressive
leadership,” remarked Brennan.
In 2015, Brennan served as Institute Co-Chair leading the fellowship experience and curriculum,
and in 2016 served as Deputy Chapter Director overseeing and assisting with chapter-wide
operations. From 2017 until 2019, Brennan served as NLC NJ Chapter Director.
“It’s my honor to not only serve as Chapter Director of New Leaders Council New Jersey, but
also to be succeeding such a strong and inspiring leader such as Katie. She is leaving NLC NJ
better off than when she became a Fellow in 2014, and I hope to continue that legacy. I am
eager to work with our executive board to take NLC NJ into the future by continuing to identify
and recruit future fellows from outside of the traditional power structure and equip them with the
skills they need to lead and continue to grow the progressive movement. We’ve begun recruiting for our 2020 Fellows class, and I look forward to meeting and interviewing these prospective
Fellows,” stated Wojtowicz.
“NLC NJ has had a profound impact on my growth as a leader, and as an engaged New
Jerseyan. It has empowered me, and so many of my fellow alumni, to truly create change in our
communities. I have been witness to the incredible dedication our past leadership has
committed to the success of this organization, and I am excited to take on this new role to
continue that work. With Kaitlyn at the helm as our new Chapter Director, and the leadership
from our diverse and thoughtful executive board, our mission to build the progressive bench in
NJ is in incredibly capable hands,” said Brown.
About Kaitlyn Wojtowicz
Wojtowicz served previously as Deputy Chapter Director and Development Co-Chair and was a
2017 Fellow. Professionally, she is the Legislative and Political Director for Planned Parenthood
Action Fund of New Jersey, and has spent her career working in various capacities for non-
profits that provide or promote sexual and reproductive health care and sexuality education.
Wojtowicz graduated in 2010 from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. and a double major in
English and women's and gender studies and a minor in politics, law, and philosophy. She
received her M.A. from Rutgers University in women's and gender studies in 2014.
About Stephanie Brown
Brown previously served on the executive board as Diversity Co-Chair and currently works as
Associate Counsel to progressive New Jersey Governor Phillip D. Murphy. She is passionate
about racial justice, creating equity, and building meaningful pipelines for traditionally
marginalized communities. Brown is currently a mentor and a Council of Urban Professionals
2019 Fellow. She most recently served as a Trustee for the Hispanic Bar Association of New
Jersey, a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns,
Commissioner on the Human Relations Commission for the Township of West Orange, and as a
mentor in the NJLEEP and American Dream Pipeline Programs. Brown attended Seton Hall
University School of Law, and completed her undergraduate study at Rutgers, the State
University of New Jersey.
Other Executive Board Members:
Advisory Board: Victoria Pacheco*
Diversity: Gabriel Tanglao, Nagla Bedir*
Selections: Brittany Aydelotte, Amit Jani
Institute: Nedia Morsy, Imani Oakley*
Innovation: Stathis Theodoropoulos, Tamara Ibezim
Development: Charity Jeffries, Garrison Keck*
Communications: Steven Galante, Jesus Alcazar
Alumni: Petra Gaskins, Dianna Houenou
Recruitment: Louis Di Paolo, Jenna Mellor
Mentorship: Ollie Starnes, Rebecca Roberts(* Denotes a newly elected board member)
About NLC New Jersey
New Leaders Council New Jersey (NLC NJ) is a 501(c)(3) and is the leading training program
for progressive Millennials in the State of New Jersey. NLC NJ equips emerging leaders with the
skills to run for office, manage campaigns, create start-ups and networks of thought leaders.
NLC leaders take their activism back into their communities and workplaces to impact
NLC has 50 chapters across the country in red and blue states with nearly 8,000 alumni. NLC is
one of the few organizations focused on building a new governing coalition.
For more information please visit https://newleaderscouncil.org/new-jersey