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Think Globally, Act Locally: Representation, Belonging, and Research-Based Policymaking in New Jersey
Dr. Sadaf Jaffer is an Assemblywoman representing New Jersey's 16th Legislative District. She advocates for the best interests of NJ's 9.2 million residents with special attention to her district’s 230,000 constituents. She has championed increased funding for 9-1-1 call centers, teen suicide prevention programming, and translation services. Her legislative accomplishments include the New Jersey Child Tax Credit, laws on election integrity, transportation, reproductive healthcare, and gun safety. She bolstered representation for women and minorities in politics as the first Asian American woman (with Ellen Park and Shama Haider) and the first Muslim American (with Shama Haider) to serve in the New Jersey Legislature.
Jaffer is a researcher and lecturer at Princeton University where she teaches courses on South Asian, Islamic, and Asian American Studies. Prior to joining the NJ legislature, Jaffer served two terms as mayor of Montgomery Township. In January of 2019, she shattered glass ceilings as the first South Asian American woman to serve as mayor in NJ and the first Muslim woman mayor of a municipality in the US. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and obtained her PhD from Harvard University.