Jersey City resident appointed White House Fellow detailed to the U.S. Secretary of the Navy


Jenn Onofrio, a Jersey City resident and longtime director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has been named as part of this year’s White House Fellows class, detailed to the U.S. Secretary of the Navy.

White House Fellow detailed to the Secretary of the Navy Jenn Onofrio, who is also a Jersey City resident. Photo via LinkedIn.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“[Yesterday], the President’s Commission on White House Fellows announced the appointment of the 2021-2022 class of White House Fellows, the most diverse class in the history of the program,” the White House said in a statement.

“The prestigious White House Fellowship program embeds professionals from diverse backgrounds for a year of working as a full-time, paid fellow for White House staff, Cabinet Secretaries, and other senior government officials.”

Onofrio worked at the Port Authority for just over a decade, serving as their director of resource management and planning for security and policing for over three years.

She is still a member of the Port Authority’s Ethics Board, their Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, and the PAPD Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Furthermore, Onofrio is a Truman Scholar who received a B.S. in Liberal Arts from The New School and an M.P.A. from Princeton University.

She is one of four New Jerseyans selected to the 2021-2022 White House Fellows class and is the only one from Hudson County.

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