ELECT STRONG LEADERSHIP FOR LD21
The American Dream—words that embody my own life experience. Born and raised in India, I moved to New Jersey in search of higher education and stayed for the opportunities. Sure, my husband and I both faced challenges as immigrants and persons of color, but through optimism and persistence, we were able to carve a piece of that dream for ourselves and our daughters. In my work as an advocate and activist however, I have seen how those same opportunities continue to elude the more marginalized groups in our economy—women, especially those of color, Black and brown communities, people with disabilities and our LGBTQIA population.
We must in New Jersey meet the basic needs of our citizens; jobs to grow our economy, infrastructure that is reliable, education that will train the next generation to meet the needs of the digital economy, and tax fairness to ensure affordability. To accomplish this, we need a balance of social change with fiscal responsibility; common sense to do the right thing, but pay our bills on time, and save for a rainy day. Perhaps it is the immigrant in me, but to me it is no different from how I run my own household.
At the same time, we can do better by those that have been left behind. I came across this recently from Indian author Arundhati Roy who wrote in April, 2020—
“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.
We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world.”
The world has changed drastically in the last year. The disparities we knew existed – in healthcare, in wealth and income, in housing, in food security - have been exposed and exacerbated. The events of last summer and the last couple of weeks have forced a moment of reckoning on our nation—who are we and who do we want to be? As we come out of this pandemic, instead of going back to the same old tired ways of business as usual, we can imagine and create a brave new world that is better equipped to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
I believe that this is a moment that calls for courageous leaders who are willing to take bold steps to ensure that even while we meet the daily needs of our residents, we aspire to higher ideals of growth and equity for all. Leaders who have the conviction to stand up for the truth and deliver results for their constituents. Leaders who are willing to look beyond partisanship, to put country, people and humanity first.
Master of Science
Bachelor of Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology
Certificate in Diversity and
Ready to Run®
Center for American Women and Politics
New Brunswick, NJ
Certificate in Digital Design
Parsons School of Design
New York, NY
Anjali Mehrotra is a Mother, Activist, Grassroots Organizer currently serving as President of National Organization for Women of New Jersey. Anjali is a strong leader with a proven record of decades of service in leadership roles at multiple non-profits and advocacy organizations.
Born and raised in India, Anjali moved to New Jersey to attend college at Stevens Institute of Technology. After receiving her Bachelors in Engineering and Master in Science, both in the Computer Science field, Anjali worked as a systems consultant. After earning her certification in digital design, Anjali started a new career as a freelance designer, allowing her the flexibility she needed to raise her young family.
Anjali has lived in Legislative District 21 since 1995. She initially moved to Springfield, and then later in 2000 to her current residence in Mountainside. Here her twin daughters grew up, attending the public schools in Mountainside and Berkeley Heights before going to college at the University of Chicago. Anjali has been a relentless volunteer, a constant presence in the community as a Girl Scouts troop leader, President of the Mountainside Newcomers Club, chairing committees on and becoming the Executive Vice President of the Mountainside PTA. While her daughters attended high school, Anjali served as President of the Governor Livingston High School PTO.
Anjali has been involved in Democratic politics through her work on campaigns and as Municipal Chair of the Mountainside Democratic Committee. In 2016, she volunteered for the Clinton campaign in New Jersey during the Primary and worked in PA for the General. In 2017, she joined Lacey Rzeszowski’s campaign for Assembly in LD21 and Linda Weber’s for Congress in CD7. In 2020, Anjali joined the national communications team for South Asians for Biden, helping turnout a key demographic which voted in historic numbers in swing states.
In 2018, Anjali ran for Mountainside Borough Council. In a historic race, the campaign outraised their opponents 10:1 and won over 48% of the vote in a town that has not elected a Democrat in more than 50 years. Though the Democratic ticket did not win, they were able to initiate change by exposing the corruption and nepotism in local police and government.
Since January 2019, Anjali has been serving as President of National Organization for Women of New Jersey. Under her leadership NOW has regained a seat at the table of power and influence in New Jersey. She has built relationships with legislators, the Governor’s office and advocacy groups. She has testified before the State Legislature and with Senators Booker and Menendez. Anjali testified before the State Board of Education as NOW successfully lobbied with coalition partners for the NJ DOE to implement comprehensive sex-education standards for K-12 schools. As cofounder of NJ's first coalition focused on menstrual equity, Anjali is working on a bills to provide free menstrual products in all public schools (A3388/S692).
Summit College Club/AAUW
League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit
New Jersey Women’s Political Caucus
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
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President, National Organization for Women of New Jersey
National Organization for Women (NOW) Board of Directors
Union County Advisory Board on the Status of Minorities
Municipal Chair, Mountainside Democratic Committee
Union County Director, South Asian American Caucus, NJDSC
National Communications Team, South Asians for Biden, Indians for Biden