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Renee C. Burgess
A lifelong resident of Irvington, New Jersey for over 35 years, she is the daughter to Mrs. Sarah E. Burgess and the late Raymond C. Burgess. She is the proud loving mother to Giovana, and has four older brothers; one deceased.
Renee Burgess attended St. Leo’s, Essex Catholic Girls H.S. and graduated from Irvington High School. She attended Norfolk State University, Essex County College and Rutgers University obtaining a Business Degree and becoming a Certified Registered Public Purchasing Specialist (RPPS).
She has over 10 years in the Customer Service and payroll field at Merck Pharmaceutical Company; 6 years at CA One Services, Newark Airport where she supervised a crew of 15, managing 10 Lounges; 11 years plus as an Asset Manager for CIT Capital, Livingston, NJ where she managed accounts as high as 1.2 million, numerous awards and accolades for her outstanding performances and leadership/managerial abilities were received. Renee was employed with the Township of Irvington assuming duties as a Purchasing Clerk and is currently employed at the Irvington Housing Authority as the Payroll and Purchasing Specialist in the finance department. She has also been a private business owner and landlord since the year 2004. Renee has been an active member of Union Gospel Tabernacle, Newark N.J. for over 30 years where she has been on the Usher Board and is currently a member of the Celestial Choir; Pastor Elder Ricardo Jones presides.
In early 2000, Renee began her electoral public service career as South 2 District Leader until present. She was the longest-serving School Board Member and served two terms as President and was known for spearheading the schools wearing uniforms district-wide and being very instrumental in the district’s new football field; President and Founder of the Thurgood Marshall Area Block Association; South Ward Democratic Committee Chair and now the newly elected Council Member At-Large and Council 1st Vice President.
Renee C. Burgess has volunteered for many other public service organizations: The National Association for the Advancement of Color People, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, National Action Network, Irvington Progressive Activist Committee, the Gang Prevention Network, Essex County Democratic Women, PTA’s and various Civic Associations. Some acknowledgements includes recipient of “The Community Worker of the Year Award”, “International Women’s Day Award”, “The Tony Vauss Civic Association Community Award”, “Children Stand Higher Award” IBOE and the District Leader Service Award for serving over 10 years.
While some of her peers have chosen more conventional careers, Renee has chosen this route because of her sincere love for her community and her eagerness to improve the quality of life for everyone, but more importantly by empowering our children with hope, determination and a dream, a dream to be the best that they can possible by not letting any negative circumstances get in their path to success.
Ms. Burgess credits her accomplishments to the Almighty God and her mom and dad who have been activist in the community for years. In the 70’s, her father, Ray C. Burgess is known for being one of the first black politician and Union Owner (Local 18) here in Irvington, to have helped open doors for many African Americans in different areas such as Education, Police and Public Office, to name a few; The Irvington Township honored him by naming one of its parks after him on Montgomery Ave, Irvington. Lastly, Renee would like to thank God for all her blessings, great and small, her Irvington family who have help mold the way for her in her political career and her mom, for without her none of this would be possible. She would like to say, “Thank you”, Mrs. Burgess and Giovana B- Humes for being her rock and biggest supporters. – God Bless You All!