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Women In Architecture: NJ Assemblywomen, Freeholder Speak In E. Rutherford

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle Photo Credit:
Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin Photo Credit: Cindy Capitani
Freeholder Tracy Zur Photo Credit: Cindy Capitani

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Join AIA-NJ Women in Architecture for a night of networking, hors d'oeuvres and discussion on Thursday in East Rutherford.

Meet other women in the industry and hear from guest speakers, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin and Freeholder Tracy Zur.

The event takes place from 6-9 p.m. at MWW Group, 1 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford.

Less than 25 percent of elected officials consist of women. Architects are statistically similar, with only about 15-18 percent of licensed architects being women, resulting in a workforce that is disproportionately male.

The interactive discussion with these two elected officials, along with some of the state’s most prominent female architects, will include topics such as breaking barriers, work life balance and advice for advancement.

For more information contact Ashlee Blum at 201-465-8049 or

Vainieri Huttle is a Democrat who has represented the 37th Legislative District since January 2005. She served on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2001 through 2007.

She started the District 37 Young Women’s Leadership Program to introduce high school students in her district to government and public service.

She has sponsored several laws including the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act, and the end of the Return Home New Jersey program to ensure individuals with developmental disabilities are not forced to leave facilities where they are receiving proper care.

She is a state-licensed funeral director and serves as president of family owned, Vainieri Funeral Home in North Bergen.

Pintor Marin represents the 29th Legislative District, taking office in 2013 and has become a champion for the working families of her district.

She began her professional career as a special projects associate for the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in NYC and was elected to the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board, where she served as chair of board and chair of Finance Committee until her appointment to a seat in the Assembly in 2013.

Pintor Marin left the private sector in 2010 to join the Essex County Clerk's Office, where she is a the division manager of passports and vault recordings.

She is a lifelong resident of Newark where she lives in the East Ward with her husband and two daughters. Currently, she is Vice-Chair of Commerce and Economic Development and a member of Budget, Telecom and Utilities committees.

Zur has served three years as a Bergen County Freeholder and is a lifelong Bergen County resident, who holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from Fordham University.

As a Freeholder Zur has championed the realignment of the County Police under the Sheriff's Department, has promoted wellness initiatives including group exercise in the county parks and gardens at both the homeless shelter in Hackensack and at the Springhouse women's drug treatment halfway house.

She has been an active member member of the Board of Social Services, and her work on the building committee brought about a move which resulted in a savings of over $800,000 per year.

She has been an advocate for employment, housing and social programs for adults with special needs. Her priority is formalizing a county-wide strategic plan for grappling with these post-21 challenges.

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional organization that helps architects serve the public’s needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., its 300 plus local chapters represent 87,000 licensed architects and allied professionals.

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Women in Architecture aims to develop and promote female leaders within the architecture profession, with a focus on mentorship, licensure, and networking opportunities in architecture and the allied design and building industries.

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