How We Are Organized:
Force the Issue NJ is organized as a 501(c)4 New Jersey Not-For-Profit Corporation and is a registered charity in the states of New Jersey and New York. Our Board of Directors consists of five members, four of whom vote on all business matters and our CEO/Chairperson, who proposes initiatives but does not vote, except in special circumstances. We conduct bi-monthly board meetings in Jersey City, NJ.
Our Board of Directors:
John Gnesin – Chairperson & Chief Executive Organizer
Alongside taking on a major volunteer organizing role for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Hudson County; John has had a successful career in the risk management/insurance field, including critical roles at two major non-profit institutions. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study with a strong interest in history, political science, sociology and sociopolitical movements; John provides strategic leadership and day-to-day administration to Force the Issue NJ.
Eloy J. Delgado – Vice Chairperson
Eloy Delgado is a dedicated educator, a passionate activist and a former congressional candidate from Elizabeth, NJ. Eloy holds a Masters in Education from Kean University and is the current President of the Linden Education Association as well as former President, and current Treasurer, of the Elizabeth Public Library Board of Trustees. As Vice-Chairman of the Board of FTINJ, Eloy brings invaluable experience and insight to organization in shaping its mission and strategies.
Kathleen Coughlin, Member, Board of Directors
Kathleen is a native of Hudson County, having been born in Hoboken and grown up in Union City. She attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick and Brooklyn Law School, and is retired from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, where she served as an Assistant Prosecutor. Kathleen has also taught as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at St. Peter’s University’s M.A.C.J. program and at Hudson County Community College.
Mary K. Orsini, Member, Board of Directors
Mary is an attorney providing representation to low-income individuals with disabilities. Mary dedicated almost all of law school to international human rights law however – after completing a judicial clerkship in Newark – Mary realized her true calling was on the local front. Mary provides a steady stream of cynicism, an apartment for meetings, and a passion for progressive politics to Force the Issue NJ.
Glenn Wolff-Eisenberg – Member, Board of Directors
Glenn comes to the Force the Issue NJ Board of Directors with a background in volunteer management, program evaluation, and writing. Pursuing his interest in progressive political organizing, Glenn met the rest of the Force the Issue NJ team while playing a leadership role organizing for Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in Jersey City. Glenn holds a BA and an MA in Political Science from The College of New Jersey and Rutgers University respectively, where his studies focused on social movements.