FREEHOLDER VICE CHAIRMAN
ANGEL G. ESTRADA
Freeholder Vice Chairman Angel G. Estrada was first elected to the Freeholder Board in 1999. He served as Freeholder Chairman in 2004, and Vice Chairman in 2003 and 2007. He was re-elected to a seventh term in 2017. Estrada was the first Latino elected to the Freeholder Board and has more than 40 years of business and public service experience.
A long-time education advocate, Estrada was elected to the Elizabeth Board of Education in 1994 and re-elected in 1997. He secured state funds for expansion and renovations, and brought college recruiters to Elizabeth’s schools. Long before his election to the school board, Estrada served for many years in Parent-Teacher Organizations, often as president.
As Freeholder Chairman in 2008, he presided over the expansion of shared county-local services, Phase III of the Workforce Competitiveness Project, and Go Green, a comprehensive environmental program. He has been instrumental in open space preservation and in having thousands of trees planted throughout Union County as part of the Greening Union County initiative.
Estrada has worked with the private and non-profit sectors to fund youth recreation and help municipalities improve athletic fields. He also worked with the United Way to help bring the 211 information line to Union County. During his term as Vice Chairman in 2007, Freeholder Angel G. Estrada initiated the Code Blue alert in Union County.
Estrada will be serving as Vice Chairman in 2020.
Estrada supported the Freeholder Scholars initiative and helped implement the Access 2000 initiative, which provided funding for technology in schools. As chairman of the Open Space Trust Fund Committee in 2005, Estrada oversaw the distribution of more than $1.4 million for children’s recreation and historic preservation.
Estrada works closely with Latino community organizations to bring their voices and concerns to the Freeholder Board. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Meadowlinks, and served as Chairman of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) from 2017-2019. Under Estrada’s leadership, Union County has advanced almost $3 million in safety improvements and nearly $38 million in local roadway and bridge projects.
He served on the Elizabeth Housing Authority for five years in the capacity of member, vice chairman and chairman and is a board member of the Selective Service System. In 2007 and 2008, Estrada was elected Vice President of the National Association of Hispanic County Officials.
Estrada emigrated from Cuba to the United States 59 years ago and has made Elizabeth his home ever since. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Spanish from Kean College (now Kean University) in Union. Estrada and his wife Teresa have three children: Liliana, Jorge, Daniel, and three grandchildren, Keith, Alexandra and Julian