Council President, Council Member, Central Ward

LaMonica McIver

Hailing from the heart of Newark’s Central Ward, LaMonica McIver emerges as a formidable national voice dedicated to nurturing communities and empowering the next generation. A proud product of the Newark educational system, esteemed mentors like Ras Baraka ignited her passion for public service during her foundational years.

LaMonica’s foray into politics began precociously at just 13, mobilizing youth and underscoring the power of civic participation. This early immersion, combined with her academic achievements – an English Literature degree from Bloomfield College and a master's in Educational Leadership and Policy from Seton Hall University – set her on a path that seamlessly blended education and governance.

Her distinguished tenure in the educational sector, notably as Personnel Director for Montclair Public Schools, is a testament to her leadership. LaMonica’s rise from a Future Business Leader to pivotal HR roles across various public school districts showcases her adaptability, vision, and unparalleled commitment to institutional growth.

Beyond her professional accolades, LaMonica's heart beats for Newark. In 2012, she founded Newark G.A.L.S., Inc., an organization fiercely devoted to fostering female leaders of tomorrow. With her guidance, Newark G.A.L.S has touched the lives of over 3,000 young women through its transformative initiatives, leaving an indelible mark on the city's future. Similarly, her pioneering efforts with the Believe In Newark Foundation have mobilized considerable resources, directly benefiting the residents of Newark in multifaceted ways.

LaMonica’s role in the political arena, particularly as the youngest woman ever elected to the Newark Municipal Council in 2018, breaks barriers and redefines possibilities—her unwavering mission: to champion the needs and aspirations of every Central Ward resident.

Her journey from a young Newark girl with a dream to a national thought leader positions LaMonica McIver as a shining exemplar of dedication, empowerment, and transformative leadership.