League of Women Voters of New Jersey ushers in new leadership team

LWVNJ elects a new state board - Toni Zimmer, President, front row, third in from left

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey welcomes Toni Zimmer as the statewide organization’s newly elected president and announces the hiring of Kerry Butch as its new Executive Director.

“These leaders share a deep commitment to the League’s mission and to New Jersey’s voters,” said Anne Maiese, previous president of the League. “Working together as a team, with a vast amount of energy, knowledge, and experience between them, Kerry and Toni will revitalize and transform the League of Women Voters of New Jersey.”

Toni Zimmer, the first African-American president of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and a League member for several years, was elected to the position in a historic moment at the organization’s biennial convention. Previously, Zimmer was president of the League of Women Voters of Sussex Highlands and vice president of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. She has served on the NJ Foundation for Open Government Board of Directors, has owned her own business, “The Writers’ Group” for over twenty years, and is a member of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. As president, Zimmer leads a newly elected thirteen member state Board of Directors, which includes six members who are new to the board.

“Toni Zimmer’s personal charisma, work ethic and commitment to the League’s mission will make her an outstanding president,” said Maiese. “I am looking forward to serving on her board and working to achieve her vision of a more unified, visible League of Women Voters.”

Kerry Margaret Butch brings more than fifteen years non-profit experience to the League. In her previous job at the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC), Butch designed and implemented LEADING GREEN, a leadership training that honed the skills of urban environmental commissioners, local officials and interested citizens, on environmental topics of interest to residents of cities and developed suburbs. She currently serves on the Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. A graduate of George Mason University, she has worked in Newark and Asbury Park, serving as executive director for the Asbury Park Consortium and a community organizer for Newark’s Ironbound Community Corporation. She is a member of the first graduating class of AmeriCorps. Ms. Butch produced the film Greetings from Asbury Park, an award winning documentary film that is currently being shown on PBS.

“Kerry Butch comes to the League with great experience and skills, and I am confident she will help the League of Women Voters of New Jersey maintain and increase its vitality and influence. We are lucky to have her as part of our team,” Maiese concluded.

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