Matthew Hersh - Councilman
Matthew Hersh is proud to serve on the Highland Park Borough Council and currently chairs the Council's Health and Human Services Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee and the Public Safety Committee. In 2017, Matthew will serve as the liaison to the Highland Park Housing Authority, the Highland Park Board of Health, the Highland Park Human Relations Commission, the Commission for Universal Access as well as the Mayor's Wellness Campaign.
Recently, Matthew was part of the team, first as a volunteer and later as a Councilman, assembled to outline and implement the Borough's municipal ID program.
A former community newspaper editor in Mercer County, Matthew now works as a strategic communications consultant with several nonprofit organizations throughout New Jersey. He previously served as senior editor at Shelterforce Magazine, a publication of the National Housing Institute, which focuses on federal, state, and local affordable housing policy as well as community development and community organizing.
Using all aspects of his professional and civic experience, Matthew says his goal is to use municipal government as a tool to achieve socially, culturally, and economically equitable, accessible communities. In this spirit, Matthew currently serves on the Citizen Campaign's City Storytellers Council as well as Sustainable Jersey's Civic Engagement Task Force. Both entities exist to engage communities by way of storytelling, citizen journalism and promoting open, transparent government by way of easily accessible public information.
Matthew was the founding chair of Highland Park's Public Information Committee, a nine-member advisory committee appointed by mayor and council tasked to oversee all municipal information channels, including social media, the municipal website, a quarterly print newsletter, a twice-monthly digital newsletter, the Borough's cable access channel and Nixle/emergency notifications.
Matthew is also a former Commissioner on the Board of the Highland Park Housing Authority and is current trustee on the Highland Park Educational Foundation, which awards bi-annual grants to the Highland Park Public Schools. He is also a former committee member on the Highland Park Democratic Municipal Committee.
Matthew and his wife, Christine, are nine-year residents of Highland Park, having moved here from New Brunswick in early 2008. They are now proud public school parents with their son, Rubin, 8, in 2nd grade at Bartle and their daughter, Ilana, in Kindergarten at Irving. Their youngest son, Philip, 1, is still in daycare.