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Freeholder Sonia Rosado

Freeholder Sonia RosadoSonia Rosado is proud to have made history in November of 2000 when she became the first Hispanic to be elected to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and again in January of 2002 when she was selected to serve as Freeholder Director. Freeholder Rosado was re-elected in 2003 and currently serves as Freeholder Deputy Director.

The Passaic County raised Freeholder graduated from Passaic High School and went on to receive her Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University, Newark; and a Fellowship to the Master of Arts program in Urban Administration at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Freeholder Rosado holds NJ State Certifications as a Social Worker and as a Vocational/Employment Specialist.

Sonia and her husband, Angel, have been married for thirty-one years and they now reside in the Borough of Ringwood. Angel is proud to serve his country as a Sergeant First Class in the Army National Guard.

Freeholder Sonia Rosado has continued the example of community involvement and service as taught to her by her mother. Sonia's mother, Adela Coca, was a leader and activist in Paterson not only for the Hispanic community but also for battered women throughout Passaic County. Mrs. Coca was the Director of the Passaic County Women's Center, which is a resource center for victims of domestic violence, where she trained police officers on how to recognize and deal with situations involving domestic violence. She also served as an expert witness on domestic violence in the courts.

Freeholder Rosado, as a former resident of the City of Paterson continues to be involved in all aspects of the community as both an appointed and elected official. Sonia served the residents of Paterson well as their 3rd Ward Councilwoman and later as Council President. Sonia's commitment to public service includes her involvement with many community organizations such as membership on the Board of Directors of United Way of Passaic County and William Paterson University's Board of Trustees. She also served as a member of the Paterson Board of Education and as a Commissioner on the Planning Board for the City of Paterson.

Since 1986 Sonia has been the Career Center Coordinator for the Passaic County Workforce Development Center. Formerly, she served as the Director of Aspira, Inc. in Passaic County, which is national, community based organization, that teaches leadership through education. Sonia also worked in Washington, D.C. for the Department of Labor as the Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Contracts Compliance.

Freeholder Sonia Rosado has put her considerable talents, experience, education and tenacity to good use to enable her to better serve the residents of Passaic County. Sonia now serves as Chairwoman of the Planning and Economic Development Committee.