Our Founder

Michael Embrich is a lifelong Bayonne resident with over 16 years of public policy experience. Michael has a Masters degree in Political Science and American Government from Rutgers University and has conducted research with Rutgers, focusing on public perceptions of government. Michael has also studied Marketing at New York University’s School of Professional Studies.

Michael is a Veteran of the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan who has spearheaded local, state, and national legislation drives. He is known for his work in helping to craft and lobby for the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 as well as many other public policy initiatives. From 2017-2018, Michael served on the Governor’s Transition Team for Military and Veterans Affairs, and he currently serves on the NJ Veterans Executive Legislative Action Council (VELAC).

Michael is also a member of a Federal Advisory Committee for the United States Department of Treasury, working with taxpayers to find ways to improve the U.S. tax system. His term ends in February of 2020.

Our Chief of Staff

Our Chief of Staff, Abraam Dawoud

Abraam Dawoud has been a resident of Bayonne for over 15 years. Dawoud is a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Association, the oldest and most prestigious servant leadership program at Seton Hall University. Dawoud received his Bachelor of Science from Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

During his time as a student, Dawoud studied conflict resolution as well as international development in countries such as Ethiopia, India, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates. Dawoud interned with several NGOs at the United Nations where he worked on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and presented his research at the 2016 UN DPI Conference.

Since then Dawoud began to focus on assisting local communities in need. Dawoud mentors at risk students in Jersey City, as well as Newark. Dawoud currently serves at Saint George & Saint Shenouda Coptic Orthodox Church in Jersey City as a Sunday School Teacher as well as Deacon of Public Affairs.

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