The Commission is charged with the responsibility of overseeing workforce training in the city, linking training with job creation, and identifying job opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed. McGreevey will also be responsible for working with the business community, local colleges and universities, labor unions and non-profits to identify potential job opportunities and skilled training.
â€œGovernor McGreevey has worked hands-on with the inmate population and with re-entry programs and will be a valuable asset to us as we develop a re-entry program for Jersey City,â€said Mayor Fulop.Â Â â€œWe are fortunate to have such a distinguished and knowledgeable individual to lead what is one of the most critical positions â€“ that of job creation and workforce development. I look forward to working with Governor McGreevey on providing more job opportunities for all of our residents.â€
In addition, McGreevey will work to design and implement a Jersey City Re-Integration Program for ex-offenders being released from New Jersey State Prisons and the Hudson County Correctional Center.Â Working closely with the Hudson County jail, County Re-Integration Services, and the Hudson County Re-Integration Task Force, Jersey City will develop a case management system to work with ex-offenders toward identifying work, housing and social services.
â€œHaving a former governor with ten years experience in this field that he is an expert in is a unique and exciting opportunity for Jersey City,â€ saidÂ Mayor Fulop.Â Â â€œWith Governor McGreevey’s background and portfolio, we can leverage private investment and develop a prisoner re-entry program that becomes a national model.â€
Currently McGreevey works with theÂ womenÂ ofÂ theÂ HudsonÂ CountyÂ IntegrityÂ ProgramÂ underÂ the auspicesÂ ofÂ DirectorÂ OscarÂ AvilesÂ ofÂ HCCCÂ andÂ Integrity, and will continue to volunteer with the women.Â HavingÂ pursuedÂ seminaryÂ educationÂ and training,Â heÂ servedÂ withÂ formerlyÂ incarceratedÂ womenÂ andÂ menÂ inÂ Harlem,Â NYC.Â Â He also worksÂ withÂ theÂ womenÂ uponÂ dischargetoÂ secureÂ mentoring,Â aÂ continuedÂ commitmentÂ toÂ principlesÂ ofÂ recovery,Â andÂ reintegrationÂ intoÂ theÂ HudsonÂ CountyÂ workforce. The Hudson County program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice â€˜Second Chance Program.â€™ It is one of two re-entry programs in the nation to be funded through 2015.
â€œIt is a privilege to work for and with Mayor Fulop in addressing a critical need,â€Â said McGreevey.Â â€œHaving been born in the Hague and baptized at St. Patrickâ€™s, it is wonderful to be coming â€˜homeâ€™ to the place where my grandparents and parents raised a family.Â It is an honor to serve people who need a second chance, something Iâ€™ve valued in my life.â€
McGreeveyÂ previouslyÂ servedÂ asÂ Governor,Â StateÂ ofÂ NewÂ Jersey,Â StateÂ SenatorÂ StateÂ Assemblyman,Â Mayor,Â TownshipÂ ofÂ Woodbridge,Â MerckÂ andÂ Company,Â ExecutiveÂ Director,Â NewJerseyÂ StateÂ ParoleÂ Board,Â AssemblyÂ MajorityÂ Office,Â NewÂ JerseyÂ StateÂ Legislature,Â andÂ Assistant Prosecutor for the MiddlesexÂ CountyÂ Prosecutorâ€™sÂ Office.Â Â McGreeveyÂ holdsÂ aÂ B.A.fromÂ ColumbiaÂ University,Â a law degree fromÂ GeorgetownÂ University,Â a masterâ€™s degree fromÂ HarvardÂ UniversityÂ GraduateÂ School, and a masterâ€™s in Divinity fromÂ GeneralÂ TheologicalSeminary.