2021-2023 Federation Officers
Alana Burman, Mercer County
Alana Burman’s dedication to quality, equitable education and public service started early in her life in Hillsborough. Attending Hillsborough High School afforded her the opportunity to participate in service-focused activities, such as 4-H, National Art Honor Society, the Global Young Leaders Conference, Model UN, and Model Congress, where she won a gavel at Yale.
In 2010, Alana joined the Teach for America Corps, where she taught middle and high school in Greenville, MS. She also coached soccer and track, and provided other arts-based extracurricular community projects, such as a public mural.
Upon returning to New Jersey to pursue her Master’s degree, Alana was accepted into the Eagleton Institute’s Graduate Program where she became a Raimondo Fellow, gaining legislative experience as an intern in the Office of Legislative Services’ Law and Public Safety Committee. Her time working in Trenton caused Alana to fall in love with New Jersey’s State Capital, which she has now called home for over 3 years.
Being so close to the Governor’s office and the Legislature has continued to drive Alana’s role and work in public service and education. Since moving to Trenton, Alana has become a Leadership for Educational Equity Campaign Fellow and was selected to participate in the NJDSC Building our Future Summer 2016 Program. These programs facilitated Alana’s involvement with Phil Murphy’s campaign for Governor, first as Finance intern, and later as a Policy and Communications Fellow. Alana was later selected to attend the Leadership for Educational Equity “When Women Run” 2017 Summit in Denver, Colorado, an opportunity informed by her campaign work.
In addition to her work on campaigns, Alana holds positions with the Mercer County Young Democrats as Vice-President, with Mercer County Federation of Democratic Women as State Liaison; with the Trenton Democrats as Recording Secretary; and with Mercer County Democratic Organization as a County Committee Member.
Professionally, Alana has focused her career around communications, advocacy and outreach, and public and government relations.
Alana graduated from Rutgers: Mason Gross School of Arts where she graduated Cum Laude with her BFA and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a Masters in Education Psychology from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi.
At the 2020 National Convention of the Federation of Democratic Women, Alana was elected as Alternate to the very important Nominating Committee of the NATIONAL Federation of Democratic Women! This very important committee is tasked with seeking out and bringing forward talent from our country to serve as officers on the National Federation Executive Board.
1st Vice President
Margaret Weinberger, Somerset County
Ms Weinberger grew up on Long Island in Uniondale with two brothers and two sisters. She was a Girl Scout until the age of 18, where she learned and honed her public service skills and became a lifelong Democrat, by becoming involved in the political process before she could vote, passing out literature for Eugene McCarthy for the 1968 Democratic primary.
She received a bachelor of science degree in Art Education from State University College of NY at Buffalo and a masters degree in Educational Technology from Long Island University, NY.
Margaret worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of AZ as a computer programmer during the 1980’s and later as an educator teaching or supervising educational technology in school districts in NY and NJ before semi-retiring.
She is currently married, with two married stepsons and 2 grandchildren.
Margaret has held public office as a replacement for a Somerville councilwoman who passed away while in office, served on the Jessamine Smith Henderson Scholarship Board, and has created various fundraising and social activities. She is also an original member of S.A.F.E. (Somerville Alliance for Food Education), the Somerville Farmer’s Market Committee.
She was President of the Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women from 2013-2020.
Margaret believes we are all connected in this temporary existence where we must do everything we can to leave the world a better place for future generations.
2nd Vice President
Rachel Green, Gloucester County
Ms Green and her husband have been residents of Deptford Township for over 40 years. Rachel is the mother of two fabulous children, Alexandra and Alston.
Rachel holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management, a master's degree in Public Administration and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.
Rachel served as a member of Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholder's Tolerance Project and Parks and Recreation Committee, on the Deptford Township Planning Board, and on the district's School Board from 2008-2014, including a term as the first Black BOE President from 2017-2018.
Her other service roles include:
Founder of Jersey Girls4Joe/Kamala/Women For Biden/Harris New Jersey and Co-State Director
2020 Presidential Biden District Delegate
Former Secretary of African American History Project of Woodbury and Surrounding areas
Gloucester County NAACP Executive Board Member
President Gloucester County Federation of Democratic Women
Member of Gloucester County Minority Coalition
Member of the SNJ Black Political Caucus
National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Southern New Jersey
Action Together State Civil Rights Director and Southern Regional Director
New Jersey School Board Certified Board Member
New Jersey School Board State Executive member - Alternate
Delegate for Deptford Board of Education Delegate Assembly
Gloucester County NAACP Image Award in the area of Education 2010
SJ African American Chamber of Commerce President's Award 2014
President of Deptford Twp High School Alumni Association
Obama/Biden Deputy Field Director 2008 and Obama/Biden Director 2012
2011 served as 1st Vice President Gloucester County NAACP and Executive Committee
Shawn Hunter, Essex County
Ms Hunter was born in Montclair, NJ and moved to Orange to start a new foundation for her family in 2008. From 2015-2020, she worked at the Township of Orange in the finance department. She attended Bloomfield College, Lincoln University and is now pursuing a Law Degree at California School of Law.
Shawn has over thirty years’ experience in finance and is the founder of HBS Asset Company Enterprise, a mid-size elite business office, providing financial assistance in personal and business tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll.
In May 2020, Shawn ran for Mayor of Orange. Her goals as Mayor were to stabilize property taxes, support education and the Board of Education, and decrease foreclosures within the City of Orange. Unfortunately, Ms Hunter lost the race, but she continues to work in the community for a better tomorrow.
In addition to her career, Shawn enjoys volunteering her time to different community boards. She is presently serving as a Vice Chair on the Orange Democratic Committee and in the past was involved in the Orange Public Library, the East Orange Education Foundation, Fan-Pac, the Giblin Association, and assisted with feeding the less fortunate families on Thanksgiving’s day at the Township of Orange Firehouse. Currently on Commission Reentry Services for Women Committee.
In the past years her exceptional services in the community earned awards:
*2015 Community Service Award Business by Giblin Association & New Jersey Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin
*2016 The Shirley Chisholm “Civic & Community Service Award” by New Jersey Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver
Shawn is a proud mother of three daughters, two grandkids, and a guardian of her four nephews.
Cynthia Starkē, Morris County
Ms Starkē has lived in NJ since 2001, starting in Bernardsville and relocating to Madison in 2020. She has a professional background in pharmaceutical sales in the US and international pharmaceutical marketing in Asia and Europe. In 2015, Cynthia completed a master’s degree from Penn State (2015) in US Healthcare Policy, with an emphasis on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Cynthia sat on the Executive Committees of the Somerset County Democrats (2016-2019), Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women (2016-2019), the Bernardsville Democrats (2013-2020), and the NJFDW (2016-present) where she is responsible for building and management of the organization's websites and digital media platforms.
Cynthia is a graduate of state fellowship programs, Leadership Somerset (2017) and Lead NJ (2018).
Cape May County
Ms. Mastro has been a member of the State Federation since 2004 serving as President (2018-2020), 1st Vice Present (2017-2019), Recording Secretary (2016-2017) and Representative to the Executive Board from Cape May County Federation of Democratic Women (2006-2016).
Prior moving to Camden County in 2017, Ms Mastro actively participated as an officer in Cape May County Federation of Democratic Women (2004-2016), and member of Upper Township Democratic Club and Ocean City Democratic Club. She served on the Cape May County Regular Democratic County Committee (2010-2017), and as a poll worker for Cape May County Board of Elections (2008-2017). She was a founding member of CMCFDW Party for the Party Committee raising funds to support County Freeholder candidates. She is also a member of South Jersey Women for Progressive Change, Action Together NJ, and Maria’s Women United.
Ms Vason is a long-time member of NJFDW, serving 16 years as Treasurer before being elected as President for the 2017-2019 term.
Professionally, Sylvia was Municipal Clerk for 18 years at the Borough of Lawnside and for 15 years at the Borough of Chesilhurst.
Sylvia lives in Newark with her husband, Orlando Vason; together they have two children and five grandchildren.
- Sylvia's Leadership Credo -
Here's to strong women:
May we know them,
May we be them,
May we raise them!
Marge retired from a 28 year government career having held positions in local, county and state government. As such she worked as the deputy county administrator in Camden County, as the director of engineering in Cherry Hill, her home town, and was the Executive Director of the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency where she was responsible for overseeing the financing of thousands of units of affordable housing throughout New Jersey. She now is a Senior Director of a consulting engineering, architecture and environmental science firm located in Cherry Hill.
Marge and many other active membership of the NJFDW worked together in 2014 and 2015 to organize, manage and ensure a successful National Convention in New Jersey after the untimely and sudden passing of the NJ Federation President. Together the NJ women oversaw and orchestrated a successful convention and came out of the event stronger, proud of themselves and the State of New Jersey's Democratic Women and more united.
Marge was a stabilizing force for the organization and its members during her presidency and tenure as president. She successfully increased the membership in the organization and worked to encourage participation by young women in the organization and help get them elected to office in NJ.
She was pleased to succeed the office to the capable hands of the current NJFDW Executive Board.
Registered Governmental Affairs Agent for the state of NJ as an Associate Advisor for Political Strategy, Executive Director for NJ Advisory Council on Safety and Health, representing WC Petitioner Attorneys, Physicians & Labor
Chief of Staff for State Sen. Barbara Buono, having worked for her as Chief of Staff when Buono was an Assemblywoman, along with former Assemblyman Peter Barnes, Jr.
Past President of Info Line of Central Jersey
Co -Founder and past President of the Middlesex County Federation of Democratic Women ( including holding other positions for MCFDW); 1st Vice President for the NJ Federation of Democratic Women and 2nd V.P.
In conjunction with the National “Women in Blue” event, 2016 “March Women History Month”, NJFDW Past-President Marge DellaVecchia and I co-chaired first time “Meet & Greet” inviting all Democratic NJ State Legislators along with Women from across the State to a luncheon at the state house promoting Women’s issue and getting to know us as a Federation. Very successful.
I am Licensed for Property/Casualty & Health in NJ
Coalition member of NCADD-NJ receiving the 2017 NCADD-NJ Advocacy Leaders award, Resolution presented by Sen. Patrick Diegnan. Advocacy member of Wellspring Center for Prevention.
Member of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School “Women’s Health Institute” Member of the “One Health Initiative” Member of the “Transgender Health” ( Gender Center of NJ ) Received “WHI” Recognition Award. 2016-Yale University I spoke on “How a Bill becomes Law”
With my assistance Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin presented Rutgers Medical School Women’s Health Institute a Joint Senate and Assembly Resolution honoring the many great women Doctors that are constantly studying and researching issues that will help us live a better and longer life. “ It’s all about engaging women helping other women making a difference. “
Auxiliary Board Member of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
I organized a meeting along with Rutgers Doctors and Staff to visit the State House and meet with Senator Joe Vitale, Health Chairman to discuss women’s issues. We successfully have a bill now law, “Maternal Health Awareness Day” Jan. 23rd
Member of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization Social Club and Labor Club. Middlesex County Democratic Committee woman; Member of the East Brunswick Democratic Organization Corresponding Secretary; Board Member of the East Brunswick Senior Commission and East Brunswick Zoning Board.
Received numerous awards from NJ Congressman Frank Pallone, Joint Senate and Assembly Resolutions including NJ General Assembly Women’s Caucus honoree during “Women’s History Month” in the Assembly Chamber & the Middlesex County Freeholders. Recipient of 2013 Peg Roberts Award. Chaired the 44th National Federation of Democratic Women Annual Convention hosted by NJFDW/NFDW.
Dr Gail G Cook