Saturday October 13th

Ocean Acres Community Center

489 Nautilus Dr, Manahawkin, NJ
08050

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ABOUT US

The New Jersey Organizing Project is a regional organization made up of everyday people who come together to fight for South Jersey & the Shore. We have a history of winning for our community, and at our first annual convention, we will focus on our agenda & priorities for our future and how we get there together.

 

We were founded by Superstorm Sandy survivors so we understand disaster.  We know adversity can impact our community in many different ways - from a disaster like Sandy, to the loss of a job, or an illness. At the convention, we’ll focus on how we can protect programs like Medicaid and Medicare while we expand access to quality affordable care in our communities - particularly with efforts to address the opioid crisis.  And as we approach the sixth anniversary of Sandy, families are struggling with clawbacks or to get enough funds to even start rebuilding.  What do we need to “Finish the Job” on Sandy recovery and prepare all of us for the future we face?

 

Join speakers, neighbors and friends to learn more AND take action to improve our lives on Saturday October 13th from 9am - 4pm at the Ocean Acres Community Center 489 Nautilus Dr, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.  Register now or call 609-312-3899 for more information.

SPEAKERS

We’re excited to share some of the guest and hometown speakers who will be with us during the convention.

 

Shana Udvardy // Climate Resilience Analyst

Shana Udvardy is the climate resilience analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She conducts research and policy analysis to help inform and build support to increase resilience to climate change impacts.

Prior to joining UCS, Ms. Udvardy provided consulting services on climate adaptation and flood risk management policy. She was also the climate adaptation policy analyst at the Center for Clean Air Policy, director of flood management policy for American Rivers, and water program manager at the Georgia Conservancy.  Ms. Udvardy is a Certified Floodplain Manager, and holds a M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and a B.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

 

 

Wendoly Marte // Center for Community Change (CCC)

Wendoly Marte has been fighting for economic justice, education reform and grassroots political power for over 15 years and is currently the Senior Field Campaign Manager for CCC’s Safety Net Defense project, with the goal of protecting programs that give our families a hand up when we need it, like Medicaid, Medicare and food stamps. CCC is national organization that works to strengthen, connect and mobilize grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power.

 

 

 

 

 

Jason M. Tuber // Senior Advisor to United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Jason Tuber advises the Senator on a range of issues including flood insurance, disaster response and preparedness, taxation and economic policy.  Mr. Tuber acted as the Senator’s lead legislative adviser on New Jersey’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy and worked behind the scenes to draft and eventual pass the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act in 2014.  This critical piece of legislation slowed the dramatic flood insurance premiums rate hikes that were stunting New Jersey’s recovery from Sandy and made additional common sense reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).   Mr. Tuber also served as Senator Menendez’ lead staffer investigating the underpayment of Sandy victims by the NFIP.  This culminated in the Senator Menendez chairing the Sandy Task Force and successfully pushing FEMA to reopen all Sandy NFIP claims, resulting in an additional $260 million in payouts to Sandy survivors.  Mr. Tuber also serves as the Senator’s lead Finance Committee adviser on tax an economic issues.  In this capacity, he has helped the Senator introduce legislation and advocate for tax policy that prioritizes relief for middle class families, small businesses, and property tax relief.  Mr. Tuber holds a B.A. Political Science from Colgate University.  He lives with his wife and two dogs on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Margarida Jorge // Healthcare for America Now (HCAN)

Margarida Jorge is a 25-year veteran of electoral, union, civic engagement and issue campaigns and a recognized expert in strategic campaigns, grassroots organizing, issue advocacy and organizational development. Margarida currently serves as Executive Director of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), a coalition campaign she helped found in 2008 to pass, implement and defend the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Following the November 2016 elections, HCAN reconvened in response to current attacks on the ACA, Medicaid and the social safety net.

 

 

 

 

Joe Mangino // New Jersey Organizing Project

Joe Mangino is one of NJOP’s co-founders and currently our board president as well as a candidate for Mayor of Stafford Township.   After Sandy, Joe and Stafford Teachers worked together to launch START (Stafford Teachers and Residents Together) and they helped to gut and clean out over 800 homes in Stafford and saved the town nearly 4 million dollars in clean up costs.  At NJOP, Joe has been a leader in the fight to create and extend rental assistance for Sandy families, ensure transparency in Sandy spending at the state level, and foreclosure protections for families still struggling to get home nearly six years later.   He’s a small business owner and won the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Humanitarian of the Year award in 2013.

 

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DRAFT SCHEDULE

8:00-9:00am Registration Opens

9:00-9:45am  Opening Plenary

9:55-11:10am Workshops Track 1

  • Get Home & Gear Up
    Full and Fair Storm Recovery and Preparing for our Future
  • Getting things done
    How We Make Change in Our Communities
  • The Fight For Our Lives
    Protecting Medicaid, Medicare, and Keeping Healthcare Affordable

11:10-11:20 Break

11:20-12:35 Workshops Track 2

    • Get Home & Gear Up
      Full and Fair Storm Recovery and Preparing for our Future
    • Getting things done
      How We Make Change in Our Communities
    • The Fight For Our Lives
      Protecting Medicaid, Medicare, and Keeping Healthcare Affordable

12:35-1:15 Lunch

1:15-3:30 Community Action

3:30-4:00 Closing

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We’re excited to share some of the guest and hometown speakers who will be with us during the convention.

 

Shana Udvardy // Climate Resilience Analyst

Shana Udvardy is the climate resilience analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She conducts research and policy analysis to help inform and build support to increase resilience to climate change impacts.

Prior to joining UCS, Ms. Udvardy provided consulting services on climate adaptation and flood risk management policy. She was also the climate adaptation policy analyst at the Center for Clean Air Policy, director of flood management policy for American Rivers, and water program manager at the Georgia Conservancy.  Ms. Udvardy is a Certified Floodplain Manager, and holds a M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and a B.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

 

 

Wendoly Marte // Center for Community Change (CCC)

Wendoly Marte has been fighting for economic justice, education reform and grassroots political power for over 15 years and is currently the Senior Field Campaign Manager for CCC’s Safety Net Defense project, with the goal of protecting programs that give our families a hand up when we need it, like Medicaid, Medicare and food stamps. CCC is national organization that works to strengthen, connect and mobilize grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power.

 

 

Jason M. Tuber // Senior Advisor to United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Jason Tuber advises the Senator on a range of issues including flood insurance, disaster response and preparedness, taxation and economic policy.  Mr. Tuber acted as the Senator’s lead legislative adviser on New Jersey’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy and worked behind the scenes to draft and eventual pass the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act in 2014.  This critical piece of legislation slowed the dramatic flood insurance premiums rate hikes that were stunting New Jersey’s recovery from Sandy and made additional common sense reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).   Mr. Tuber also served as Senator Menendez’ lead staffer investigating the underpayment of Sandy victims by the NFIP.  This culminated in the Senator Menendez chairing the Sandy Task Force and successfully pushing FEMA to reopen all Sandy NFIP claims, resulting in an additional $260 million in payouts to Sandy survivors.  Mr. Tuber also serves as the Senator’s lead Finance Committee adviser on tax an economic issues.  In this capacity, he has helped the Senator introduce legislation and advocate for tax policy that prioritizes relief for middle class families, small businesses, and property tax relief.  Mr. Tuber holds a B.A. Political Science from Colgate University.  He lives with his wife and two dogs on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Margarida Jorge // Healthcare for America Now (HCAN)

Margarida Jorge is a 25-year veteran of electoral, union, civic engagement and issue campaigns and a recognized expert in strategic campaigns, grassroots organizing, issue advocacy and organizational development. Margarida currently serves as Executive Director of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), a coalition campaign she helped found in 2008 to pass, implement and defend the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Following the November 2016 elections, HCAN reconvened in response to current attacks on the ACA, Medicaid and the social safety net.

 

 

Joe Mangino // New Jersey Organizing Project

Joe Mangino is one of NJOP’s co-founders and currently our board president as well as a candidate for Mayor of Stafford Township.   After Sandy, Joe and Stafford Teachers worked together to launch START (Stafford Teachers and Residents Together) and they helped to gut and clean out over 800 homes in Stafford and saved the town nearly 4 million dollars in clean up costs.  At NJOP, Joe has been a leader in the fight to create and extend rental assistance for Sandy families, ensure transparency in Sandy spending at the state level, and foreclosure protections for families still struggling to get home nearly six years later.   He’s a small business owner and won the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Humanitarian of the Year award in 2013.

 

We’re excited to share some of the guest and hometown speakers who will be with us during the convention.

 

Shana Udvardy // Climate Resilience Analyst

Shana Udvardy is the climate resilience analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She conducts research and policy analysis to help inform and build support to increase resilience to climate change impacts.

Prior to joining UCS, Ms. Udvardy provided consulting services on climate adaptation and flood risk management policy. She was also the climate adaptation policy analyst at the Center for Clean Air Policy, director of flood management policy for American Rivers, and water program manager at the Georgia Conservancy.  Ms. Udvardy is a Certified Floodplain Manager, and holds a M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and a B.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

 

 

Wendoly Marte // Center for Community Change (CCC)

Wendoly Marte has been fighting for economic justice, education reform and grassroots political power for over 15 years and is currently the Senior Field Campaign Manager for CCC’s Safety Net Defense project, with the goal of protecting programs that give our families a hand up when we need it, like Medicaid, Medicare and food stamps. CCC is national organization that works to strengthen, connect and mobilize grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power.

 

 

Jason M. Tuber // Senior Advisor to United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Jason Tuber advises the Senator on a range of issues including flood insurance, disaster response and preparedness, taxation and economic policy.  Mr. Tuber acted as the Senator’s lead legislative adviser on New Jersey’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy and worked behind the scenes to draft and eventual pass the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act in 2014.  This critical piece of legislation slowed the dramatic flood insurance premiums rate hikes that were stunting New Jersey’s recovery from Sandy and made additional common sense reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).   Mr. Tuber also served as Senator Menendez’ lead staffer investigating the underpayment of Sandy victims by the NFIP.  This culminated in the Senator Menendez chairing the Sandy Task Force and successfully pushing FEMA to reopen all Sandy NFIP claims, resulting in an additional $260 million in payouts to Sandy survivors.  Mr. Tuber also serves as the Senator’s lead Finance Committee adviser on tax an economic issues.  In this capacity, he has helped the Senator introduce legislation and advocate for tax policy that prioritizes relief for middle class families, small businesses, and property tax relief.  Mr. Tuber holds a B.A. Political Science from Colgate University.  He lives with his wife and two dogs on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Margarida Jorge // Healthcare for America Now (HCAN)

Margarida Jorge is a 25-year veteran of electoral, union, civic engagement and issue campaigns and a recognized expert in strategic campaigns, grassroots organizing, issue advocacy and organizational development. Margarida currently serves as Executive Director of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), a coalition campaign she helped found in 2008 to pass, implement and defend the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Following the November 2016 elections, HCAN reconvened in response to current attacks on the ACA, Medicaid and the social safety net.

 

 

Joe Mangino // New Jersey Organizing Project

Joe Mangino is one of NJOP’s co-founders and currently our board president as well as a candidate for Mayor of Stafford Township.   After Sandy, Joe and Stafford Teachers worked together to launch START (Stafford Teachers and Residents Together) and they helped to gut and clean out over 800 homes in Stafford and saved the town nearly 4 million dollars in clean up costs.  At NJOP, Joe has been a leader in the fight to create and extend rental assistance for Sandy families, ensure transparency in Sandy spending at the state level, and foreclosure protections for families still struggling to get home nearly six years later.   He’s a small business owner and won the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Humanitarian of the Year award in 2013.

 

We’re excited to share some of the guest and hometown speakers who will be with us during the convention.

 

Shana Udvardy
Climate Resilience Analyst

Shana Udvardy is the climate resilience analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She conducts research and policy analysis to help inform and build support to increase resilience to climate change impacts.

Prior to joining UCS, Ms. Udvardy provided consulting services on climate adaptation and flood risk management policy. She was also the climate adaptation policy analyst at the Center for Clean Air Policy, director of flood management policy for American Rivers, and water program manager at the Georgia Conservancy.  Ms. Udvardy is a Certified Floodplain Manager, and holds a M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and a B.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

 

 


Wendoly Marte
Center for Community Change (CCC)

Wendoly Marte has been fighting for economic justice, education reform and grassroots political power for over 15 years and is currently the Senior Field Campaign Manager for CCC’s Safety Net Defense project, with the goal of protecting programs that give our families a hand up when we need it, like Medicaid, Medicare and food stamps. CCC is national organization that works to strengthen, connect and mobilize grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power

 

 


Jason M. Tuber
Senior Advisor to United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Jason Tuber advises the Senator on a range of issues including flood insurance, disaster response and preparedness, taxation and economic policy.  Mr. Tuber acted as the Senator’s lead legislative adviser on New Jersey’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy and worked behind the scenes to draft and eventual pass the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act in 2014.  This critical piece of legislation slowed the dramatic flood insurance premiums rate hikes that were stunting New Jersey’s recovery from Sandy and made additional common sense reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).   Mr. Tuber also served as Senator Menendez’ lead staffer investigating the underpayment of Sandy victims by the NFIP.  This culminated in the Senator Menendez chairing the Sandy Task Force and successfully pushing FEMA to reopen all Sandy NFIP claims, resulting in an additional $260 million in payouts to Sandy survivors.  Mr. Tuber also serves as the Senator’s lead Finance Committee adviser on tax an economic issues.  In this capacity, he has helped the Senator introduce legislation and advocate for tax policy that prioritizes relief for middle class families, small businesses, and property tax relief.  Mr. Tuber holds a B.A. Political Science from Colgate University.  He lives with his wife and two dogs on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

 


Margarida Jorge
 Healthcare for America Now (HCAN)

Margarida Jorge is a 25-year veteran of electoral, union, civic engagement and issue campaigns and a recognized expert in strategic campaigns, grassroots organizing, issue advocacy and organizational development. Margarida currently serves as Executive Director of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), a coalition campaign she helped found in 2008 to pass, implement and defend the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Following the November 2016 elections, HCAN reconvened in response to current attacks on the ACA, Medicaid and the social safety net.

 

 


Joe Mangino
New Jersey Organizing Project

Joe Mangino is one of NJOP’s co-founders and currently our board president as well as a candidate for Mayor of Stafford Township.   After Sandy, Joe and Stafford Teachers worked together to launch START (Stafford Teachers and Residents Together) and they helped to gut and clean out over 800 homes in Stafford and saved the town nearly 4 million dollars in clean up costs.  At NJOP, Joe has been a leader in the fight to create and extend rental assistance for Sandy families, ensure transparency in Sandy spending at the state level, and foreclosure protections for families still struggling to get home nearly six years later.   He’s a small business owner and won the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Humanitarian of the Year award in 2013.

 

We’re excited to share some of the guest and hometown speakers who will be with us during the convention.

 

Shana Udvardy
Climate Resilience Analyst

Shana Udvardy is the climate resilience analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She conducts research and policy analysis to help inform and build support to increase resilience to climate change impacts.

Prior to joining UCS, Ms. Udvardy provided consulting services on climate adaptation and flood risk management policy. She was also the climate adaptation policy analyst at the Center for Clean Air Policy, director of flood management policy for American Rivers, and water program manager at the Georgia Conservancy.  Ms. Udvardy is a Certified Floodplain Manager, and holds a M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and a B.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

 

 

Wendoly Marte
 Center for Community Change (CCC)

Wendoly Marte has been fighting for economic justice, education reform and grassroots political power for over 15 years and is currently the Senior Field Campaign Manager for CCC’s Safety Net Defense project, with the goal of protecting programs that give our families a hand up when we need it, like Medicaid, Medicare and food stamps. CCC is national organization that works to strengthen, connect and mobilize grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power.

 

 

Jason M. Tuber
Senior Advisor to United States Senator Robert Menendez
(D-NJ)

Jason Tuber advises the Senator on a range of issues including flood insurance, disaster response and preparedness, taxation and economic policy.  Mr. Tuber acted as the Senator’s lead legislative adviser on New Jersey’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy and worked behind the scenes to draft and eventual pass the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act in 2014.  This critical piece of legislation slowed the dramatic flood insurance premiums rate hikes that were stunting New Jersey’s recovery from Sandy and made additional common sense reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).   Mr. Tuber also served as Senator Menendez’ lead staffer investigating the underpayment of Sandy victims by the NFIP.  This culminated in the Senator Menendez chairing the Sandy Task Force and successfully pushing FEMA to reopen all Sandy NFIP claims, resulting in an additional $260 million in payouts to Sandy survivors.  Mr. Tuber also serves as the Senator’s lead Finance Committee adviser on tax an economic issues.  In this capacity, he has helped the Senator introduce legislation and advocate for tax policy that prioritizes relief for middle class families, small businesses, and property tax relief.  Mr. Tuber holds a B.A. Political Science from Colgate University.  He lives with his wife and two dogs on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Margarida Jorge
 Healthcare for America Now (HCAN)

Margarida Jorge is a 25-year veteran of electoral, union, civic engagement and issue campaigns and a recognized expert in strategic campaigns, grassroots organizing, issue advocacy and organizational development. Margarida currently serves as Executive Director of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), a coalition campaign she helped found in 2008 to pass, implement and defend the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Following the November 2016 elections, HCAN reconvened in response to current attacks on the ACA, Medicaid and the social safety net.

 

 

Joe Mangino
New Jersey Organizing Project

Joe Mangino is one of NJOP’s co-founders and currently our board president as well as a candidate for Mayor of Stafford Township.   After Sandy, Joe and Stafford Teachers worked together to launch START (Stafford Teachers and Residents Together) and they helped to gut and clean out over 800 homes in Stafford and saved the town nearly 4 million dollars in clean up costs.  At NJOP, Joe has been a leader in the fight to create and extend rental assistance for Sandy families, ensure transparency in Sandy spending at the state level, and foreclosure protections for families still struggling to get home nearly six years later.   He’s a small business owner and won the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Humanitarian of the Year award in 2013.