NJ Political Coordinator, SEIU Local 32BJ
Emy Quispe is of Peruvian descent and a longtime resident of Elizabeth, NJ. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of six, and attended Elizabeth High School, where she proudly graduated in the top 1% of the nearly 900-students class. She then went on to receive an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Union County College; where she served as the Commencement Speaker, and was eventually appointed to the Union County College (UCC) Board of Trustees. Emy continued her studies at Seton Hall University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She currently serves as a Board Member/Co-Chair of the Membership and Scholarship Committees of LUPE Fund Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, engage, and empower women. She is also a proud member of the NAACP and Founding Member of the NJ Peruvian Lions Club. Emy previously served as: the VP of Peruvians for Progress, Inc., Chair of the UCYD Latino Caucus, committee member of the NJYD Latino Caucus and on the UCC Young Alumni Council. She is a proud alumna of EOF/SSS and America Needs You programs, and the Servant Leader Scholar program at SHU. Emy is a certified tutor and has years of experience tutoring students in subjects ranging from Spanish language to Government. She strongly believes in the power of education and served in the Role Model program for HISPA, sharing ‘her story’ at various schools in low-income districts, on the importance of completing education, shattering glass ceilings and tearing down walls. Emy advocates for immigrants’ rights, racial equity, and progress for all, through mentorship, activism, and engaging in effective public policy work. She currently serves as the NJ Political Coordinator for SEIU Local 32BJ, the largest union of property service workers in the U.S. This group has been at the forefront of passing landmark legislation in the State of NJ, like raising the minimum wage and providing access to driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status. Her Local is also a key player in electing candidates that support a pro-working families agenda. She formerly served in the Office of Assemblywoman Annette Quijano of NJ’s 20th Legislative District. Emy’s work is rooted in her family, and her community’s struggles, and understands that there is a long road ahead to achieve equity for all.