Susan Welkovits - Council President
Appointed to the Borough Council in January 2012, Susie chaired the Health and Human Services Committee for three years. Since January 2015, she serves as Council President and Chairs Public Works and Public Utilities Committee, working closely with Department of Public Works and Code Enforcement. She also serves on Administration, Economic Development and Planning, Finance, and Public Safety Committees and is Council Liaison to Environmental Commission, Sustainable Highland Park, Shade Tree Advisory Council, Native Plant Reserve, Complete Streets Advisory Council, and our district Schools.
Current projects include Solar Resiliency Analysis, Green Infrastructure initiatives, supporting our districts schools in their pursuit of Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification, Safe Routes to School grant opportunities, improvements to pedestrian and bicycle safety, new Energy Audit and upgrades program for residences, Habitat for Humanity house in Highland Park, and Shade Tree Guided Walks.
Having been raised in Highland Park and with a strong sense of its history, she strives to protect and enhance the small town characteristics that make Highland Park a great place to live, such as our vibrant and walkable downtown, strong public schools, great parks and recreation, and unique diversity, which together make for a thriving and welcoming community.
Prior to joining Council, her volunteer efforts have reflected her level of commitment to our community. Susie was an active grass roots organizer and advocate against the charter school applications in Highland Park, and has worked with local and state officials to help pass resolutions and legislation for local control in the approval process and greater transparency of charter schools. She has been an active member and organizer with Save Our Schools NJ.
Susie's professional background is as a Client Relationship Manager and Project Manager in Financial Services for more than 20 years. Her clients have included small businesses much like those that make up our vital downtown business district.
Her parents emigrated from Hungary in 1956, and moved to Highland Park when she was a child. Both Susie and her husband are graduates of Highland Park High School. About 10 years ago, she returned to Highland Park from New York City, to raise a family. Susie is the mother of twins attending Irving Primary School.