Chairperson of Newark Education Workers, Co-Chair of the Lead-Free NJ
Yvette Jordan is the Chairperson of Newark Education Workers, Co-Chair of the Lead-Free NJ Advocacy Committee and a History teacher at Central HS in Newark Public Schools, and an Activist for environmental and social justice. She is sought after as a public speaker on the effects of environmental justice on urban centers and has a keen interest in educating her community on the importance of advocating for safe water.
Jordan was born and raised in New York City and worked in the New York City government for over 20 years. She served as a Policy Analyst for the Dinkins Administration; her area of
expertise was youth services. Following the fall of apartheid, Yvette went to South Africa to serve as a Consultant to NGOs (non-governmental organizations) on governance for two (2)
Her activism in Newark began as a founding member of Newark Education Workers Caucus (NEW Caucus), a group of educators committed to fighting for social justice issues within education for all educators, students and their families. Since the lead water crisis in Newark, she has been a fierce advocate for environmental justice locally, in our state and nationally.