....from Loretta Winters, President
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Loretta Winters is an excellent advocate for those who don’t have a voice. She is the President of the New Jersey Gloucester County NAACP and the former 2nd Vice President for the NAACP NJ State Conference. She is a Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for South Jersey Federal Credit Union and is employed by the Deptford Township School District as the District’s Registrar, former Homeless Liaison, and Publication Writer. Because of her strong advocacy for women’s issues she was appointed as the NJ NAACP State Conference Women in the NAACP (WIN) Chair. She is known for her positive approach of building bridges and tearing down walls that separate communities.
A consummate volunteer in service to others, Winters provides servant leadership to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race and ethnic-based discrimination. In her journey for equality and justice for all Loretta has been in the forefront for social and criminal justice. As a counter to ‘Boots on the Ground”, Loretta does a successful annual Women’s Empowerment Conference titled “Heels on the Battlefields”.
Winters recognizes that times have changed dramatically and her strategies and tactics of working with policy makers, elected officials, business owners, and labor in a mutually respectful manner, is focused on cooperation and collaboration on a unity of purpose work in yielding results. As an advocate on the cutting edge of legislation, Loretta served on the 2018 New Jersey Governor’s Transition team and was an Electoral College voter for the 2016 presidential election. She started the first and only NAACP College Foundation at Rowan College @ Gloucester County College and under her leadership formed the first State of New Jersey NAACP High School chapter.
Loretta is a former Advisory Board Member on the State Human Relations Council, a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, and former Councilwoman and Vice President of Council for Monroe Township, NJ. As council she has served the community on several boards such as the Planning, Education, Municipal Alliance, Administration, Finance and Economic Development.
Loretta has assisted many churches and organizations throughout her life and has been honored by having an 8 ½ acre park named after her “Winters’ Cove”. In addition, Congressman Robert Andrews named December 14th, Loretta Winters’ Day throughout the 1st Congressional District as an honor to her for commitment to community. Loretta has been named by the Gloucester County Times as one of the ten most Influential Minority Leaders; was given the South Jersey Courier Post Newspaper’s Champion of Diversity Award; KYW Philly 3 name her one of the ten “Game Changers” for 2014 Black History Month; in 2015, the Philadelphia Eagles bestowed her with the Eagles Community Quarterback Award; and South Jersey Magazine named her 2015 Superwoman of the year.
At the local level, her efforts have resulted in the formation of a diversity recruitment initiative made up of the county prosecutor, chiefs of police and diverse community groups looking to have police departments reflect the populations served. She is also one of the founding members of the Gloucester County’s School Superintendent’s Equity committee that aims to build a culturally competence learning environment.
She organizes a series of repeated fundraising events to provide scholarships, laptop computers to students in need, and organizes efforts in the fight for voting rights, an end to gun violence, women’s equality, and more diversity in state government..
On the National stage, she played a significant role in the organization of the 2015 NAACP Convention in Philadelphia and directed the hosting of a well-attended reception at the New Jersey Adventure Aquarian during the 2015 National NAACP Convention. When asked about her most rewarding accomplishment she answers, “Being the matriarch of a blended family of 7 beautiful children, and 14 grandchildren.”