SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Chrissy Buteas, a lifelong resident of South Plainfield, has been named president of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ).

Buteas has been a member of the statewide non-profit organization for over 10 years. She was nominated by a WPCNJ sub-committee and sworn in during a May 17 meeting held at the Rutgers University Eagleton Institute of Politics. Buteas’ term runs May 2016 to May 2017.

"I am honored to be elected by the membership of WPCNJ, the leading voice for women in the state," said Buteas. “This year, we are specifically focusing our efforts on raising crucial campaign funds for our endorsed women candidates, advocating for issues that impact women, and continuing to connect like-minded women across the state.”

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She continued, “Women’s leadership in elected and appointed offices is still lagging in every level of government, particularly at the local level. WPCNJ is committed to ensuring women are representing us throughout the state."

Since 2013, Buteas has served as president and CEO of the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey, the leading voice in Trenton and Washington, D.C. for home health agencies, hospices, and health care service firms. The association represents more than 160 licenses, which collectively serve over 100,000 patients annually. 

Buteas also served as vice president of the Capital Impact Group (CIG), a Trenton-based bi-partisan public affairs and business development firm. In this role, she advocated on behalf of non-profit organizations and fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining CIG, Buteas also served in a senior role at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

Buteas holds an MPA from the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark and a BA from Rowan University. She is also a graduate of Leadership NJ, a leadership development program, and served as a Raimondo Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

On a local front, Buteas served a three-year term (2009-2011) on the South Plainfield Borough Council and also served on the borough’s Board of Adjustment, Recreation Commission, Health Advisory Board, and Public Celebrations Committee. She volunteers on several non-profit boards, including the Suburban Women's Club of South Plainfield, the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey, New Leaders Council and Rowan University’s Alumni Board and Athletic Advisory Committee.

 About the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey

The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political process, increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office, protecting reproductive freedom, and creating a women's political power base to achieve equality for all women.

WPCNJ recruits and trains women candidates and their campaign organizations; endorses women candidates who support reproductive freedom, the Equal Rights Amendment and other issues that affect the lives of women and families; contributes to WPCNJ-endorsed women candidates through its Political Action Committee; advocates on issues that support women and families; hosts an awards ceremony to acknowledge the efforts of men, women, and organizations in politics, government, business, health, media and education who have promoted women's political progress; and encourages active participation by caucus members as volunteers, consultants, and campaign staff for WPCNJ-endorsed candidates. The organization also sponsors candidate forums and education and training workshops; sponsors WPCNJ's Democratic and Republican Task Forces; and sponsors county and college chapters of the WPCNJ.

For additional information, visit www.WPCNJ.org.

WPCNJ’s 2016-2017 Board Members

Executive Board

Chrissy Buteas – president

Grace Strom Power, Esq. – vice president of finance

Nicole Cole, Esq. – vice president of leadership

Lisa Chapland, Esq. – secretary

Scarlett Rajski – treasurer

Jeralyn Lawrence, Esq. – PAC chair

Pam Yuen – PAC treasurer

Board at Large

Michel Bitritto, Ph.D.

Rosemary Bernardi

Tai Cooper

Eileen Della Volle

Zulima Farber, Esq.

Jeanne Fox, Esq.

Dianna Geist

Deborah Hurley

Lisa Mizrahi Kaado

Janice Kovach

Jeannine LaRue

Elizabeth Murray

Annabel Pierce

Kelly Stewart Maer

Patricia Teffenhart

Eileen Thornton

Shari Weiner, Esq.

Deirdre Woodbyrne

Board Counsel

Rebecca Moll Freed, Esq.

Alix James, Esq.

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