Janice Kovach won election as Mayor of Clinton NJ in November 2011. Janice’s decision to run for Mayor was two-fold. She loves the Town of Clinton and wanted to play a role in how the town was going to move forward. She brings her business savvy approach to municipal government. Her second reason came after watching the results of the 2010 midterm elections and how women were portrayed by the media and other women. She realized that until women became part of the decision-making process and “had a seat at the table”, they would forever be under-represented. Janice spends volunteer time training and mentoring women who want to run for office, giving them the resources necessary to play in the political arena.
Previously, Janice had been appointed Director of the New Jersey Division on Women in August 2006 and served until September 2010.
Janice has, in addition to her role as Mayor, taken the passion for her work as Mayor and at the Division and parlayed it into a non-government role. At various events Janice speaks about the important role women play through anecdotes and stories using them to inspire other women. She speaks about empowerment and works with women’s organizations and individuals to assist women interested in public participation, whether civic, government or political. Encouraging women to use their voice to drive public policy.
Janice served various boards including Girl Scouts Heart of NJ and the Women’s Heart Foundation. She continues to serve as a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, executive board member and chair of the education & training committee of the NJ Women’s Political Caucus, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of NJ and recently joined the Global Advisory Board for Honor Diaries.
Janice has worked as a consultant for several companies. Previously she was a Director with Prudential, managing a 24 X 7 call center and a Marketing Project Management Group. She has also held management positions with Fleet and NatWest Banks. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College.