Sadaf Jaffer

Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly to continue her life’s work – she applies her experience as a public servant, activist, and scholar to raise the voices of not just residents of LD 16, but also of those who have been historically disconnected from the political process in the state.

In the Assembly, Sadaf serves on the Health, Education, and State & Local Government committees. With her experience as a former mayor, educator, and mother, she is committed to issues of education equity, mental & maternal health, and efficiency in local government.

Sadaf is first Asian American woman and first Muslim to be sworn into the state legislature. As an Assemblywoman, Sadaf is prioritizing policies that address inequity, with a focus on healthcare policy including maternal and mental health, education policy, and civic education. Her values are rooted in her scholarly background and propensity for independent thinking.

Prior to joining the Assembly, Sadaf completed two terms as mayor of Montgomery Township, New Jersey. In January of 2019, she became the first South Asian woman to serve as mayor of a municipality in New Jersey, and the first Muslim woman to serve as mayor of a municipality in the United States. As Mayor of Montgomery, Sadaf relied on her academic background to respond to issues like the COVID-19 crisis and racial injustice by enacting policies and community discussions based on science and facts rather than fear and misinformation. 

Sadaf is also a Postdoctoral Research Associate in South Asian Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on South Asian, Islamic, and Asian American Studies. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and obtained her PhD from Harvard University.

Sadaf’s public service does not stop in her capacity as an elected official – she has fought for Democratic values and diverse representation across the state. She was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Sadaf also serves on the Board of Directors for The New Agenda, an organization that promotes women’s economic empowerment and combats sexual harassment and sexual assault. She was one of the founding members of Inspiring South Asian American Women (ISAAW), a group dedicated to encouraging civic engagement among South Asian American women in New Jersey.