MEET ELSIE & MATTHEW
Since becoming a Councilperson in 2000, Elsie has served as Council Chair for numerous departments. She currently serves as Council Chair for the Department of Public Safety, including the Fire Department, First Aid Squad, Police Department, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Community Response Team (CERT). Previously she was Council Liaison to Recreation and Arts, Finance, Department of Public Utilities, Economic Development and Planning, Health and Welfare.
Professionally, Elsie is the President and CEO of Aunt Elsie’s Homestays, an International Student Housing organization. She is also the Legislative Liaison to the State of New Jersey Civil Service Commission and a founding partner of JamPhil Consultants, LLC.
Matthew Hersh is a 12-year resident of Highland Park's South Side, along with his partner, Christine. Their three children, Rubin (11), Ilana (9), and Philip (5) all currently attend or will attend Highland Park Public Schools, and Matthew routinely refers to himself as a member of the "Parent Class of 2033," the year his youngest graduates high school. He is an executive board member of the Bartle Elementary School PTO and a board member of the Highland Park Education Foundation.
Professionally, Matthew works daily with the governor, the legislature, and community leaders to address housing affordability and community development issues in New Jersey a policy advocate for affordable housing, housing stability, tenant and homeowner rights, and health communities.