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Advisory Board member of Emerge NJ 

Priscilla Garces was born in Quito Ecuador, and is totally blind due to the inadequate supply of oxygen followed by many other medical complications resulting from her premature birth. Her blindness was not that prevented her from reaching her full potential and accomplishing her goals. After having survived all odds, Priscilla and her parents migrated to the United states in search of a better future and quality of life. By way of her perseverance, effort, and determination, Priscilla  graduated with honors from Seton Hall University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and international relations with a minor in Latin-American studies followed by a certification in bilingual translation from New York University and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership/Management from Fordham University. She worked at various organizations including the offices of both Senator Robert Menendez, and former Senator Frank Lautenberg, the United Nations, Philantropia Inc., a world-leading nonprofit consulting firm and New Jersey Alliance for immigrant Justice. She participated in “Organizing for Action,” fellowship as part of a team of distinguished leaders eager to influence change through advocacy where she helped organize a community engagement event “the Impact of Voting,” a forum about the importance of civic engagement. She is now involved with Emerge, an organization that trains aspiring leaders to run for office at both the local and national level. Due to her hard work and involvement with other organizations, she takes part in various leadership roles including the New Jersey women’s March steering committee, Emerge New Jersey programing and steering committee, and the People’s Climate Movement Steering committee. , Recently, She ran for the Newark Board of Education with a vision of instiling the values of better empathy, better direction and more unity by way of integration of children with and without disabilities in an equitable and accessible education system. She envisions herself as mentor and advocate, willing to defend, motivate, and mentor aspiring young innovated leaders.