Ellen arrived at The Citizens Campaign with extensive experience, a varied background in law and the non-profit world and a commitment to helping people play an active role in their communities. Attendance at Seton Hall Law School brought Ellen from her birthplace in New York City across the river to New Jersey. Becoming Managing Editor of the Seton Hall Law Review, followed by a clerkship with the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and 20 years of private practice with a boutique law firm specializing in land-use law including editing of the Land Use Volume of the New Jersey Practice Series co-authored by her law partners, has kept Ellen happily ensconced in Metuchen, New Jersey. Appreciating the opportunities for civic engagement, Ellen has served as Chair of the Metuchen Zoning Board and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the town’s Planning Board. Community involvement has always played an important role in Ellen’s life. Ellen wants to impact her world by helping others in very concrete and practical ways. She has served as a member of United Way’s Child Care Allocation Committee and is a past-President of the Jewish Family Service of Middlesex County which provides counseling, training and other vital social services to disadvantaged residents and those in need. She is currently a Trustee of the Metuchen Education Foundation and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Middlesex County (CASA) serving children in the foster care system. She has been married many, many years and has three adult children including her foster daughter. As Chief Operating Officer, Ellen oversees and manages The Citizens Campaign staff and program.

Contact Ellen at ellen{at}thecitizenscampaign{dot}org or 732-548-9798 ext. 6.



Joel Rosa comes to The Citizens Campaign with over 10 years of business management experience in the food industry and retail sales, coupled with a strong background in customer service and marketing. In his role as Civic Trust Director, Joel assists citizens with accessing the supports and resources they need to take part in the Civic Challenge and build solutions-focused communities in their own cities and towns. Joel is an active and dedicated member of his community. He is a member of the Perth Amboy Knights of Columbus, Vice-President of the Central Jersey Latino Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of La Casa de Educaccion y Cultura Latina, whose mission is to advance the culture and education of people from Latin America residing in the United States. Joel is also a board member of Hugs Towards Corporation, a non-profit dedicated to providing educational supports for children of families in need. Joel received his Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State University.

Contact Joel at joel{at}thecitizenscampaign{dot}org or 732-548-9798 ext. 116.



Joe Malinconico is a Bayonne-born “Jersey Guy” whose 20-year journalism career took him from being a copy boy at the New York Times to one of the State’s top investigative reporters at the Star-Ledger. During his 13-year tenure at the Star-Ledger, Joe’s stories were credited with providing insight that led to reforms in transportation policy and the E-ZPass system. Joe won the 1999 Dee Murphy Award and the NJPA’s Robert P. Kelly Award in 2007. In 2012, with funding from The Rita Allen Foundation, Joe wrote a how-to guide for online investigative journalism called “Shining Light in Dark Spaces: A Hyperlocal Reporter’s Guide to Covering Municipal Government in New Jersey.”

Contact Joe at editor{at}patersonpress{dot}org.