NEWARK, NJ - A city water department employee was appointed to the board of directors for NJ Shares, a nonprofit that helps families pay for energy and utility bills.

Tiffany Stewart, who also runs her own law firm in Newark, is one of two new appointees to the NJ Shares board. The nonprofit partnered with the city in December and announced a pilot program for struggling Newark residents to help pay water bills.

Samantha Plunkett was the other appointee. Plunkett a senior analyst for PFM Asset Management in Princeton.

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“We are happy to welcome Samantha and Tiffany, two talented and energetic young leaders, to our Board of Directors,” said New Jersey SHARES CEO Cheryl Stowell in a statement. “I know their experience and expertise will be valuable assets to our Board.”

Stewart works in environmental regulatory compliance on the state and federal level in the city's Department of Water and Sewer Utilities. Her law firm also handles civil litigation, contract negotiations, immigration, real estate closings, property tax appeals and more.

Stewart graduated from Seton Hall University Law School and previously worked as a law clerk for Superior Court Judge Bonnie Mizdol.

NJ Shares has given 183,000 households $74.5 million in energy assistance. The organization began in 1998.

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