How We Are Organized:
Force the Issue NJ is organized as a 501(c)4 New Jersey Not-For-Profit Corporation. Our founding Board of Directors consists of six members, five of whom vote on all business matters and one President who proposes initiatives but does not vote, except in special circumstances. We conduct monthly board meetings in Jersey City, NJ.
Our Board Members:
John Gnesin – Chairperson & Chief Executive Organizer
Prior to taking on a major volunteer organizing role for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Hudson County; John has had successful careers in both the independent music industry and the risk management/insurance field. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study with a strong interest in history and progressive politics, John provides strategic leadership and day-to-day administration to Force the Issue NJ.
Eloy J. Delgado – Vice Chairperson
Stephanie Sottile – Secretary / Treasurer
Stephanie is a South Florida-native and Hofstra University graduate (with a degree in theatre) who is a New York City actress/writer. She also lends her time to volunteer for the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation and the Close Rikers campaign in addition to Force The Issue NJ, as she has a huge passion for progressive changes to the criminal justice system. Stephanie is currently the secretary for FTINJ as well as the interim treasurer.
Kathleen Coughlin, Member, Board of Directors
Kathleen is a native of Hudson County, having been born in Hoboken and grown up in Union City. She attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick and Brooklyn Law School, and is retired from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, where she served as an Assistant Prosecutor. Kathleen has also taught as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at St. Peter’s University’s M.A.C.J. program and at Hudson County Community College.
Mary K. Orsini, Member, Board of Directors
Mary is an attorney providing representation to low-income individuals with disabilities. Mary dedicated almost all of law school to international human rights law. But, after completing a judicial clerkship in Newark, Mary realized her true calling was on the local front. Mary provides a steady stream of cynicism, an apartment for meetings, and a passion for progressive politics to Force the Issue NJ.
Glenn Wolff-Eisenberg – Member, Board of Directors
Glenn comes to the Force the Issue NJ Board of Directors with a background in volunteer management, program evaluation, and writing. Also interested in progressive political organizing, Glenn met the rest of the Force the Issue NJ team while organizing for Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. He got his BA in Political Science from The College of New Jersey and MA from Rutgers University, also in political science, with a focus in social movement studies.