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Yolanda Garcia Balicki

Yolanda Garcia Balicki

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I am a graduate of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey and a graduate of Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey.  I was the first college graduate in my family.  I am Puerto Rican and Spanish was my first language.  My parents emigrated to the mainland in 1960 shortly before I was born in pursuit of employment opportunities.  They both worked in factories and eventually landed employment with state government in New Jersey; my father with the New Jersey  Department of Corrections and my mother with the New Jersey Department of Human Services. My parents were active in their church and their community. They believed in the American dream for their five daughters and, as such, they taught us that anything was possible if we worked hard enough.  I am a product of them and I am an American success story.

Shortly after I graduated from Rutgers College, I began my employment with the New Jersey State Parole Board, however, in my fourth year with the Parole Board, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming an attorney.  I attended law school at night while employed on a full-time basis with the State Parole Board and continued employment with the Parole Board upon graduation from law school.  In June of 2015, I retired from the State Parole Board after 33 years of service.

My legal education served me well in my career with the State Parole Board as I had the opportunity to conduct thousands of administrative hearings regarding parole revocation matters as well as employee departmental disciplinary hearings.  I also served as Deputy Director of the State Parole Board and, in that capacity, I assisted outside counsel in employee relations matters, employment discrimination matters, and reasonable accommodations for employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act and NJ Law Against Discrimination.   I also served as the Agency’s EEO Officer for a few years. 

I have a passion for justice and equal opportunity for all.   I have a love for my first language, Spanish, and a sensitivity for the Latino community. I am also the mother of three sons who all excel in academics as well as in the performing arts, though sadly their musical talents did not come from me.

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