Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has named office aide Soraya Hebron as the new chief officer of the city’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The Office, which was created by Fulop in 2016, is aimed at enhancing workforce diversity and implementing important inclusion practices, including encouraging minority- and women-owned businesses to become partners in city contracts.
â€œOur focus on diversity and inclusion has never been more important, and I am fully confident that Soraya Hebron will help us in our mission to build a equitable and inclusive city,â€ Fulop said in a statement.
â€œSoraya brings a new energy to connecting our diverse workforce with new opportunities, and I look forward to working together to expand on our progress.â€
Hebron, who replaced Rev. Reginald McRae, is a Jersey City native and longtime resident of Bergen-Lafayette. She has served as an aide in Fulop’s office since February 2017, where she worked on policy creation and implementation.
During this time, she played a major role in the Municipal ID Program, as well as organizing city sponsored Hurricane Maria relief efforts.
â€œI am honored to have been selected to lead the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and look forward to working with City staff and members of the community to make important progress on diversity in Jersey Cityâ€™s workforce,” added Hebron.
Furthermore, Hebron received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a Master of City & Regional Planning degree at Rutgers Universityâ€™s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
Prior to her position with the Jersey City Mayorâ€™s Office, Soraya served as an aide in the Hudson County Division of Planning and is also a member of Zion Baptist Church in Jersey City.
McRae earned $90,000 as the head of the department before resigning at the end of 2017.