Lizette Delgado-Polanco was named Vice-Chair of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee (NJSDC) on June 12, 2013.
She is the Executive Director of the Service Employees International Union New Jersey State Council. The council coordinates the legislative and political agenda for seven SEIU locals representing more than 40,000 members across New Jersey in four major industries, including health and long-term care, property services, municipal workers and resident physicians. She has had a long and distinguished career in government and labor relations, policy development, public affairs, and business and community development.
Delgado-Polanco was the principal for D-Solutions, a government relations and business development firm, prior to assuming the leadership role at SEIU in January 2010. In 2002, she was named Assistant Secretary of State, the first Hispanic ever in that position, and was one of state government’s highest-ranking Hispanics. She managed a $41 million budget and directed the day-to-day operations of 11 divisions.
In 2001, she spearheaded James E. McGreevey’s Statewide Latino Base Voter Program, resulting in the largest percentage of Latino votes ever cast for a gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey. She served as Director of Special Projects for U.S. Senator Jon S. Corzine’s Southern Region where she was responsible for the management and implementation of a successful community outreach initiative to address the needs and concerns of area constituents.
Delgado-Polanco, a first-generation Hispanic American, is an effective and compassionate advocate for the underrepresented, particularly the working poor. As Executive Director of the SEIU New Jersey State Council, she works on behalf of thousands of working men and women whose lives, families and livelihoods are affected by political, economic and social issues.
Delgado-Polanco, who previously served on the State of New Jersey Local Finance Board, sits on numerous boards including: New Jersey Working Families Alliance; Latino Action Network; New Jersey Citizen Action; Working Families United for New Jersey; LUPE PAC(Latinas United for Political Empowerment); and Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey.
She has served as Vice Chair of the Atlantic County Democratic Party, and Chair of the Galloway Township Democratic Party.
Delgado-Polanco has a bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies from the National Labor College in Maryland. The proud mother of four resides in Middlesex County.