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Chair of Community Services Committee

Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti chairs the County's Community Services Committee. Her dedication to serving the community's residents is reflected in a lifetime of commitment to education, outreach and assisting those most in need.
Freeholder Valenti has received degrees from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania, Seton Hall University in New Jersey and Rutgers University in Middlesex County, where she was elected Phi Sigma Iota National Honor Society recipient.
A professor by trade, Freeholder Valenti's experience includes teaching at Sayreville War Memorial High School, St. Peter's High School in New Brunswick, JFK High School in Iselin and Rutgers University.
A longtime Middlesex County resident, Freeholder Valenti has been an active participant in community affairs for over 40 years. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Middlesex County College.
She is currently a member of the following Boards:
*Middlesex County Board of Social Services (since 2005)
*The Human Relations Commission of New Brunswick (since 2003)
*The Visiting Nurses Association of Middlesex County (since 2003)
*Chairperson of the Board Of Trustees of the Puerto Rican Action Board of New Brunswick, a comprehensive Social Services Agency (since 1972)
*Founding Board Member and Vice Chairperson of the ASPIRA, Inc. of NJ
*President of the Middlesex County Lay Board of Catholic Charities
*Middlesex County Foundation Board (since 1977)
*Middlesex County Hispanic Affairs Commission (since 2006)
*National Association of Counties-Steering Committee for Human Services & Education (since 2005)
*New Jersey Association of Counties, Board Of Directors (since 2005)
*Middlesex County Council of Children's Services, Co-Chairperson (since 2005)
*New Brunswick Sister Cities Association, Trustee (since 2000)
*Middlesex County College Advisory Committee for the Hispanic Student Program (member since 1997)
*Latino Arts Center Task Force (since 1995)
*NJ Democratic Hispanic Task Force, Central Jersey Vice Chair (since 1988)
*Middlesex County College Foundation Board (since 1977)
Past Community Activities Include:
*Chairperson of the Middlesex County Hispanic Affairs Task Force 2005-2006
*St. Peter's University Hospital Board of Trustees 1995-2004
*New Brunswick Planning Board 1996-2005
*Commission Member of St. Peter's Schools, New Brunswick 2000-2003
*Board of Trustees of Middlesex County College 1977-1990
Political Activities Include:
*Democratic County Committee Member for City Of New Brunswick 1981-1990 and 2003-present
*New Brunswick City Council Member-Served as Council President and Vice President 1990-present
*Middlesex County Board Of Chosen Freeholders-Chair of Committee of Human Services and Aging 2005-present
*Master’s Degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature, Elected Phi Sigma Iota National Honor Society-Rutgers University, NJ
*MAT Degree in Secondary Education-Seton Hall University, NJ Certifications to teach in Spanish, French and English. Certification by the American Translators Association (English to Spanish)
*Bachelor of Arts Degree (with Honors)-Rosemont College, PA 
*Woodbridge Township Board of Education
*Subject Area Leader in World Languages at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School
*Adjunct Professor of Education at Trenton State College and Rutgers University
*Sayreville War Memorial High School
*St. Peter’s High School, New Brunswick 
*Named “Woman of Distinction” in the World of Women by the Delaware-Raritan Valley Girl Scouts Council
*Received the “Community Service Award” from the Knights of Columbus Council 257
*New Jersey Folk Festival Award and named Grand Marshal, Rutgers University
*Latin American Women’s Organization at Rutgers University
*Honored by the Board of Trustees of Middlesex County College with the
*“Paige L’Hommedieu Citizenship Award” in Recognition of Outstanding Citizenship
*Received “Trailblazers Award” from the New Brunswick African-American Heritage Committee
*Received award from the Middlesex County Women’s Political Caucus and the Rutgers University Women’s Political Caucus
*Received award from Women Helping Women for contributions and impact in New Jersey (2007)
*Received award from the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development in special recognition for community service (2008)
*Received award from the Latino Chamber of Commerce “Orgullo Latino” (Latin Pride 2008)
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