New Jersey, 4th January, 2019: Pakistani-American Sadaf Jaffer sworn-in as the Mayor of Montgomery Township, New Jersey, USA township at its reorganization meeting. Sadaf took the office of Mayor at township’s reorganization meeting.
35 years old Sadaf is 1st female Muslim-American Mayor in the United States was elected to the Township committee in a general election in 2017 and started her 3 year term as the only Democrat in January 2018.
She is also working as Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer at Princeton University in South Asian Studies.
The Montgomery Township Committee consists of the Mayor and other four members of the Committee of Montgomery Township; having five members in total. The committee organizes during the first week in January, at which time it elects the mayor from among its members.
While talking exclusively to The Dayspring Mayor Sadaf Jaffer said she plans to engage local community of Montgomery which is diverse in nature.
Jaffer, who is a five-year resident of the township, was elected to the committee last year on the Democratic Party ticket. Sadaf is a scholar and activist focused on social justice and human rights with experience in cultural education and government service.
Sadaf Jaffer is is scholar & activist. She serves on the Township Committee in Montgomery Township New Jersey where she has been especially involved in anti-bias and community building work. She started “Montgomery Mosaic: A NIOT Affiliate” to focus on these much needed efforts. Sadaf is also a Postdoctoral Research Associate in South Asian Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on South Asian, Islamic, and Asian American Studies. She serves on the Board of Directors for The New Agenda, an organization that promotes women’s economic empowerment and combating sexual harassment and sexual assault. She is on the advisory board of Inspiring South Asian American Women (ISAAW), a group dedicated to encouraging more civic education and engagement among South Asian American women in New Jersey. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and obtained her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University with a secondary field in studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.