Jeannine LaRue

Jeannine LaRue

Jeannine LaRue, founder of the well-known blog LaRuelist Report and Senior Vice President of the Kaufman Zita Group, has spent almost 40 years serving the public on policy, governmental, and political issues in the public and private sectors. She has been listed as one of PolitickerNJ's 100 Most Influential Persons in New Jersey and their Top 30 Most Powerful Women in NJ Politics several times over the last decade. Jeannine is founder of the NJ Women's Summit in 1993. After three years, Governor Christine Todd Whitman renamed that event the NJ Governor's Conference for Women. That event attracted more 2000 women annually for over 20 years. Considered a "thought leader" by many, Jeannine has served as a public servant in politics and government in a myriad of capacities over the last four decades. Her political career began in Winslow Township during the '70s when she became the first woman, first minority, and youngest person to be elected to public office in that town. What followed was an amazing journey of public service as Jeannine served as Vice Chair of the Casino Control Commission and Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Jon Corzine. Jeannine's professional careers over the 40-plus years span both the public and private sector. She has led the NJEA lobbying team, served as Sr. Vice President for three major entities: Rutgers University, Barnabas Health, and now at Kaufman Zita Group, a leading lobbying firm in the State. Education is Jeannine's passion. She is a former high school English teacher and has served on both Camden County and Essex County College Boards of Trustees. She is the founder of the New Jersey Governor's Conference for Women, formerly the New Jersey Women's Summit. That conference celebrated 20 years in 2013 and ultimately drew more than 2,000 women and men from across the region. Serving on scores of charitable and non-profit boards, Jeannine has been honored by more than 70 organizations. Jeannine is the mother of two children and grandmother of five. A highly sought-after speaker, Jeannine's motto in life is that there are only two days important in one's life... the day you are born and day you know "why." Her why is public service and continuing the fight for justice for women and children throughout the Nation.