Emerge New Jersey on Monday named Deirdre Malloy, chairwoman of the Integrity House board of trustees and founder and president of housing and real estate consulting firm Lord & Powers LLC, as a member of its 2023 cohort.
Emerge New Jersey is the only political organization that focuses on effective state and national programming to give women the cutting-edge tools and training they need to run and to win elections.
It is one of 27 affiliates of Emerge America, a national organization founded by Vice President Kamala Harris in 2002.
“Emerge New Jersey recruits and trains women in the new American majority — Black, brown, indigenous, LGBTQ+ and unmarried young women — and removes barriers for a group that has been historically unrepresented,” Geri Jannarone, Emerge New Jersey’s executive director, said. Jannarone said the 2023 cohort, composed of 23 women chosen via a highly competitive selection process, hails from all over New Jersey and is one of the larger cohorts across the country, joining a powerful, national network.
In addition to her role as chairperson of the Integrity House board of trustees, Malloy is a longtime advocate for housing equity in the state. She currently serves as chairwoman of Montclair Township’s Landlord-Tenant Hearing Committee and is the Montclair NAACP’s economic development and housing chairwoman, and was recently installed as the chapter’s assistant secretary.
Malloy also teaches at Rising Tide Capital, an organization that teaches and trains entrepreneurs to create and scale businesses, and which was recognized by President Barack Obama for social innovation.
She previously served on the Government and Legislative Committee of the New Jersey Board of Realtors. In 2009, Malloy founded Lord & Powers LLC to provide housing industry consulting services related to state and federal regulatory compliance for municipalities, HUD-certified housing agencies, for-profit corporations and public housing authorities.
“Deirdre has been a visionary leader and an incredible asset to Integrity House during her 14-year tenure on our board of trustees,” Robert Budsock, CEO and president of Integrity House, said. “Her knowledge of housing issues in particular, coupled with her true empathy and concern for our clients who are affected by substance use disorder have been instrumental in creating housing opportunities for many of our clients as they continue their journey to recovery. I am thrilled that she now aspires to take her enormous expertise, integrity and compassionate character to the next level by exploring a potential run for public office.”
Integrity House is one of the largest not-for-profit providers of substance use disorder treatment and mental health services licensed in the state of New Jersey, with programs in Kearny, Newark, Secaucus, Toms River, Morris Plains and Paramus.