Longtime Senator Cunningham chief of staff takes on same role for head of NJCU


The longtime chief of staff for state Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31) is taking on the same role for New Jersey City University Interim President Andres Acebo.

Milagros “Millie” Peralta, the new chief of staff to New Jersey City University Interim President Andres Acebo. Photo courtesy of NJCU.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Milagros “Millie” Peralta, who is also a graduate of NJCU, will be responsible for carrying out decision-making on behalf of Acebo, managing the workflow of the president and Office of the President, and expediting the work of the University, the university said in a statement.

She will also help oversee legislative matters and government relations, as well as an advisor to the president and senior leadership on institutional planning, policy and program development, and problem resolution.

Peralta graduated from NJCU in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

Prior to NJCU, she attended Hudson County Community College, where she earned an Associate of Arts degree with a minor in Business Administration.

Additionally, Peralta currently serves on the board of directors for the Boys to Leaders Foundation and as a board member of LUPE Fund Inc.

In May, Boys to Leaders came out in support of Acebo as interim president, calling on the state for more funding. The state legislature eventually allocated $10 million for the Jersey City-based higher education institution as part of their $54.3 billion budget.

As for Cunningham, who first took office in November 2007, she is retiring at the end of her term this year due to health issues and former running mate Assemblywoman Angela McKnight is heavily favored to succeed her as the Democratic nominee for state Senate.

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