Shanel Y. Robinson, Freeholder
FREEHOLDER RESPONSIBILITIES: Human Services – Board of Social Services, Community Development, Human Services, Mental Health Center, Office on Aging & Disability Services, Office of Youth Services, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Volunteer Services and Veterans Services.
LIAISON: Local Advisory Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse (LACADA), Board of Social Services, County Alliance Steering Subcommittee (CASS), Cultural Diversity Coalition, Home Investment Partnership Program, Homelessness Trust Fund, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (alternate), New Jersey Association of Counties (second alternate), North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center Community Advisory Council (alternate), Workforce Development Board and Youth Services Commission.
PUBLIC SERVICE: Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Member, January 4, 2019-present; Franklin Township Council, Member, 2015-2018, Deputy Mayor, 2018; Franklin Township Financial Oversight Committee, Hamilton Street Business Advisory Committee, Housing Authority, Fire Prevention Committee, Public Safety Committee, I.T. Steering Committee and Fire Chiefs Committee, Former Member/Council Liaison; Puerto Rican Action Board, Vice Chair.
AFFILIATIONS & COMMUNITY SERVICE: New Jersey State Planning Commission, Member; JFK Democratic Club, Franklin Township, President; Somerset County Democratic Black Caucus, Chair; Municipal Democratic Committee, Recording Secretary; Franklin Township Crisis Response Team, Lead; Municipal Ethics Board, Franklin Township, Member; Community for Change, Media & Communications Director; Franklin Warrior Parents Club, President; Franklin Track Club, Business Manager; Franklin Pop Warner Cheer, Head Coach; Cedar Hill Preparatory School, Board Member; United States Air Force Reserves, Avionics Specialist (Flight Leader); Mt. Zion AME Church, Missionary and Dance Ministry Director; and North Stelton AME Church, Children’s Choir Director, Children’s Dance Ministry Co-Director and Former Corresponding Secretary.
BIOGRAPHY: Veteran, U.S. Air Force Reserves, Avionics Specialist; three children, three grandchildren. Professional: Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)-certified Technologies Manager, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, New Brunswick. Education: Bachelor of Arts, Labor Studies and Employee Relations, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; Minister of Dance-School of Dance (Theology), Eagles International Training Institute, Frisco, Texas; attended Southern University A&M College, inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society).
AWARDS/RECOGNITION: Named to InsiderNJ.com’s 2019 African American Political Power List; Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, 2019; New Brunswick Area NAACP Political Action Award, 2018; Hidden Physicist (featured in Radiations magazine), Fall 2015; Community Service Award, Remarkable Women Awards, 2014; Eleanor Roosevelt Award, Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women, 2012; Excellence Award, Leadership Development Team, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, 2010; Appreciation Award, Franklin Warriors Parents Club, 2008-2011.