Lourdes M. Leon, a lifelong resident of Elizabeth, was elected to office in 2020, and is currently serving her first term as a County Commissioner. She is the first Hispanic woman elected to the Board of County Commissioners. Leon is a community activist and an award-winning educator and administrator, and has served more than 27 years in the Elizabeth School district.
Born in Cuba, she immigrated to Elizabeth in 1971 with her parents. During the course of her career in the Elizabeth School District, she worked her way up from a teacher’s aide to Vice Principal, and finally, Principal of the Donald Stewart Early Childhood Center, which she helped open in 2003.
In 2004-2005, Leon was the Recipient of The Donald Stewart “Strive for Excellence” Educator’s Award in recognition of outstanding performance as an educator.
Leon retired in 2013 from the Elizabeth School District, and was appointed to the City of Elizabeth Mayor’s Community Development Advisory Committee. She has served as President of the Committee since 2017.
In 2021, as a member of the Commissioner Board’s Public Safety Committee, Leon helped oversee the County’s COVID-19 efforts for testing, vaccinations and food distributions, resulting in the administration of hundreds of thousands of tests and vaccines as well the distribution of over 10 million meals.
Last year, Leon served as liaison to the Advisory Council on Aging, the Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Board, the Union County College (now the Union College) School Board of Estimates, the Shade Tree Advisory Board, and the Community Development Block Grant Board, and as alternate liaison to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, continuing her engagement in several of these areas since taking office in 2020.
Leon is a member of the Snyder Academy Advisory Committee and is also an active member of the non-profit organization, Hispanos Unidos.
Leon has also worked as an English as a Second Language instructor to adult students at the Verizon – Benchmark Hotels Corporation.
Commissioner Leon has a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kean University and earned 30 additional credits in Educational Leadership courses from Walden University and Marygrove College.
Contact the Commissioner
Office Phone Number: 908-527-4117
E-mail Address: Lourdes.Leon@ucnj.org