Mussab Ali is the youngest elected official in Jersey City history, serving as the President of the Jersey City School Board addressing the needs of over 30,000 students and overseeing an $800 million budget. In this role, he has been prolific in uplifting the voices of marginalized communities that have led to a student-elected representative on the board of education, halal school lunches, dress code reform, and much more. He is attending Harvard Law School as a JD candidate with plans to graduate in 2023. Mussab graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master’s degree in Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar Class of 2020 and Rutgers University, where he was named a Truman Scholar.
where he was employed from 1987 until 2021. His positions included vocational
teacher, academic teacher, media specialist, supervisor, director, and high school
He has studied locally at both Hudson County Community College and New Jersey City
University. He previously taught English as a Second Language at HCCC and currently
is an adjunct professor at Saint Peter’s University. He has a Masters in Education
Technology and is completing a second Masters in Education Administration.
He has served on the Board as the Chairperson of the Policy and Special Education
Committees and been a member of several other School Board committees. He has
been a School Board Trustee for several full and part-time terms starting in 2012.
He lives in Jersey City with his partner, having first moved into Jersey City in the late
Gina Verdibello born to immigrant parents from Italy and Peru, she grew up in Fort Lee, NJ. While attending Rutgers University she met her husband Robert who grew up in Jersey City. They reside in Jersey City and have three young children Amelia (13), Iris (11) and Owen (9) that currently attend Frank R. Conwell MS4 and Joseph H. Brensinger PS 17. Gina has a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and has worked at Liberty Science Center, the American Folk Art Museum and The Picower Foundation in fundraising and development. She has also been a Realtor for over 10 years and is currently with Dominant Properties in Journal Square.
Gina has become very active in Jersey City. In February 2013, she started Girl Scout Troop 12026 at James F. Murray PS 38 where her children attended school. Originally starting with Daisies and Brownies, her troop expanded to Junior and Cadettes. Since moving into the Lincoln Park area, her troop moved to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where girls from the neighborhood are encouraged to join. In the past, the troop has donated its cookie money to the Liberty Humane Society and St. Joseph’s Peace Care. They also have marched in the Christopher Columbus Parade and St. Patrick’s Day parade for several years.
She currently serves on the board of the Jersey City Board of Education, the Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo and is the President of the Rotary Club of Jersey City.
At Joseph H. Brensinger PS 17 Gina is the Parent Council Vice President, as well as the Tech Officer at Frank R. Conwell MS4. She is the Title One Representative for both schools. She has been a parent member of the Early Education Committee at the Board of Education for 6 years. Gina is a parent advocate for the children that attend public school in Jersey City. Before she became of Board of Education board member, she attended and spoke at Board of Education meetings and also testified at the Trenton Board of Education against the new PARCC standardized tests and advocated for new Pre-K buildings for Jersey City. She would also like to assist in the betterment of facilities and making our public schools the best they can be.