Elisa A. Charters: Cedar Grove woman 'breaks a glass ceiling'

Carolyn Maso

Cedar Grove resident Elisa A. Charters is paving the way for Hispanic-American women, having been recently nominated for the position of New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority by Gov. Chris Christie.

While the nomination still awaits Senate consent, Charters says she feels excited and honored by the governor’s acknowledgement.

"I feel this is a great opportunity to further serve our state," she said.

One of Charter’s life goals is to be the first Hispanic-American woman to be appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and she believes this line of work is something she has a lot of experience in.

"I think the governor is taking one step to giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity," she said.

As an active member in the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, working in finance for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and being involved in numerous community projects, Charters said she was given the opportunity to meet the governor and receive his nomination personally.

The Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, to which Charters has been nominated, issues municipal bonds for the New Jersey Health Care Organization, providing assets to expedite projects such as hospital expansion.

Charters already has experience working with high level public projects including the redevelopment of the World Trade Center as manager of site acquisitions and operations and manager of waterfront development on projects such as Queens West and Hoboken South Waterfront where Pier A Park is located.

With a Peruvian background, Charters grew up in Passaic and has lived in Cedar Grove for the past eight years. She graduated from Lacordaire Academy and received her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in environmental science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Proud of her roots, Charters says she juggles being a stay-at-home mom, volunteering for the Junior League of Montclair-Newark and running her own business, Toussa International LLC, a wholesale distribution company of children’s apparel from South America.

She gained most of her interest in public sector projects by working as an intern for Passaic County in the role of road construction inspector, Charters said. She attributes her interest in public service to growing up around her uncle, Jack Morley, who served as Passaic County freeholder. "I’m a Hispanic getting the opportunity to break a glass ceiling," she added, proudly.

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