Janice Kovach has served as Secretary of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee since 2007. She has also served as mayor of Clinton, NJ since November 2011. Janice brings her business savvy approach to municipal government. She loves the Town of Clinton and feels honored to play a leading role in the town’s future. Janice is passionate about helping women enter politics and spends time and energy training and mentoring women who are entering the political arena. She feels strongly that until women become a larger part of the decision-making process and “have a seat at the table,” they will forever be under-represented.
Janice’s extensive relationships within the film industry and her love of community come together to help form the inaugural River Town Film Festival.
Previously, Janice served as Director of the New Jersey Division on Women and in that capacity was a member the New Jersey Commission on the Status of Women, Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board, Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Assault, Governor’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence, Gender Parity Council and the NJ Commission on Women Veterans. Prior to joining state government, she was a councilwoman in the Town of Clinton, serving as the Planning Board Liaison, Chair of the COAH committee and the Historic Preservation Commission.
Janice served as a trustee of the Red Mill Museum Village and was president and trustee of the CPS Partners in Education Foundation, Inc. She also previously served on the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council and on the Hunterdon County Polytech School Board. Janice is a Leadership NJ Fellow and has served on various boards including Girl Scouts Heart of NJ and the Women’s Heart Foundation. She continues to serve as a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, executive board member and chair of the education & training committee of the NJ Women’s Political Caucus.
Janice has worked as a consultant for several companies. Previously she was a Director with Prudential, managing a 24/7 call center and a marketing project management group. She has also held management positions with Fleet and NatWest Banks. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College.