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2019 South Orange Trustee Candidate Profile: Summer Jones

From the Your Voice, Our Village Campaign for South Orange Trustee:

While studying at South Orange’s Seton Hall University, Summer Jones hopped on the technology revolution platform and never turned back. She envisioned all the ways tech could impact and improve everyday lives and decided to pursue it as a career. As Assistant Vice President for Technical Support Services, she leads a team that nurtures a thriving technology environment supporting the 22,000 students, faculty, and administration at Montclair State University. Summer and her team are bringing tech to life for the University’s Strategic Plan, “Connecting Tomorrow” – expanding remote services and migrating the campus classroom experience to 21st century standards, all the while keeping the ecosystem secure against today’s onslaught of data security breaches. In 2016, she was awarded a $6 million dollar capital refresh to update 135 mediated spaces across campus over the next 5 years.

Summer stays close to the student population, serving as a role model for MSU’s diverse community, and offering counseling and support as they pursue their studies. As a natural leader with a collection of personal successes, she is a highly sought after mentor in the University’s Women’s Leadership Academy. Inspired by the energy and creativity of the student population, she was instrumental in bringing an internship program to the Division of Information Technology. Her interns gain hands-on work experience that plays well as they enter the workforce; she and her team gain arms and legs for ongoing projects and reverse mentorship in return!

In 2015, Summer moved back to South Orange. Ready to get into the housing market, she wanted to invest in a diverse community with an artsy and cohesive community feel.  Her role as a Governor for the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) perfectly fits those sensibilities – SOPAC is an anchor arts institution in South Orange. There, SOPAC can’t get enough “Summer” – they’ve tapped her for several committees: Diversity in Programming, Development, and the Executive Board and to Chair the Marketing committee. Village officials witnessed Summer’s impact there – and recruited her to join the Management Committee charged with overseeing a complete overhaul of the South Orange Master Plan. During her downtime, you’ll catch her in and around town with the SOMA Book Club, SOMA Sports and Social and the SOMA Tech Collective

About the Your Voice, Our Village Ticket:

The Your Voice, Our Village ticket is comprised of Bob Zuckerman, Donna Coallier, and Summer Jones – the most diverse Trustee ticket on the slate. The trio is committed to guiding smart development and driving a robust local economy – and expanding past downtown successes in these areas to other parts of the Village. They are also uniquely suited to spur progress toward more government efficiencies. Their synergistic skillsets – economic development, technology, and finance and strategy – can’t be matched by the other tickets. As efficiency experts that can make the most of finite financial and human capital resources, the Your Voice, Our Village ticket is keen to make good things happen for South Orange residents.

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