Lizette Delgado-Polanco joined the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) which encompasses five states in February 2017 as the Council Political Director with oversight of the Political Program of the council.
She was named Vice-Chair of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee (NJSDC) on June 12, 2013 and has been reelected unanimously for three terms. Delgado-Polanco, a first-generation Hispanic American, is an effective and compassionate advocate for the underrepresented, particularly the working poor. In her previous capacity as Executive Director of the SEIU New Jersey State Council, she worked on behalf of over 40,000 working men and women whose lives, families and livelihoods are affected by political, economic and social issues in NJ. She coordinated the legislative and political agenda for seven SEIU locals representing more than 40,000 members across New Jersey in four major industries, including health and long-term care, property services, municipal workers and resident physicians. She has had a long and distinguished career in government and labor relations, policy development, public affairs, and business and community development.
In 2002, she was named Assistant Secretary of State, the first Hispanic ever in that position, and was one of state government’s highest-ranking Hispanics. She was also Director of Special Projects for former U.S. Senator Jon S. Corzine. Delgado-Polanco, who previously served on the State of New Jersey Local Finance
Board, sits on numerous boards including: New Jersey Working Families Alliance; Latino Action Network; New Jersey Citizen Action; Working Families United for New Jersey; Blue Wave NJ, LUPE PAC (Latinas United for Political Empowerment); Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey; and (DUSA) Dominicanos USA. She has served as Vice Chair of the Atlantic County Democratic Party, and Chair of the Galloway Township Democratic Party.
Delgado-Polanco has a bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies from the National Labor College in Maryland. The proud mother of four resides in Mercer County.
John Ballantyne currently serves as Executive Secretary-Treasurer (EST) for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC), as a Trustee on the Northeast Carpenters Funds, the Carpenters Benefit Funds of Philadelphia & Vicinity, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters Funds, the Carpenters Local No. 491 Funds and the Carpenter Contractor Trust.
In his role as EST, John leads one of the largest trade unions on the East Coast, comprising of nearly 40,000 members throughout the states of Delaware and New Jersey and regions in Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. He oversees the NRCC’s business strategy, critical financial planning as well as contract negotiations, development of contractor relations and training and recruiting efforts to ensure that the organization can work cooperatively with contractors and maintain the superior quality of workmanship that contractors have come to expect from union carpenters.
From 2008 to 2015, John served as the Assistant EST, where he was responsible for strategic planning, internal/external communications, contract negotiations, contractor relations, supervision of office staff and development of training materials and reports. During this time period, he also served as the President of NRCC, a Local 253 Delegate and a Trustee to the New Jersey Carpenters Fund Executive Finance Committee and the Buffalo Carpenters Pension Fund From 2009 to 2011, John served as the Assistant Supervisor and Chief Compliance Officer for the New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters (NYCDCC), Trustee to multiple funds and served on the Board of Directors for the NYCDCC Labor Management Corporation. During John’s time in New York City, he helped supervise the day-to-day operations of one of the largest construction Councils of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA), including the oversight of financial and strategic planning, development of contractor relations, and supervision of office staff. In John’s capacity as Chief Compliance Officer, his duties included implementation of an effective Compliance and Ethics Program, which included identifying deficiencies and implementing necessary improvements within the Program.
From 2006 to 2010, John served as the Northern and Central Area Manager for the New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters and 1st Vice President for the organization’s Executive Board. In this role, he led the management and coordination of Council Representatives, coordination of multiple organizing activities within assigned areas, and devised effective outreach efforts to contractors and members.
From 2000 to 2008, John served as the organization’s Director of Organizing. During his time in this position, he demonstrated a commitment to continuing education that led to the development of numerous training and evaluation programs used by the UBCJA to transform Union Carpenters into Union Builders. He has traveled to other Councils as an instructor for these programs. Prior to his leadership roles within the Brotherhood, from 1982 to 1998, John Ballantyne served as Foreman and Superintendent for several large contractors in Northern New Jersey. He has been a member of the UBCJA for over 34 years.
John is active in his community and also serves on the Board of Directors for Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as a Commissioner for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and on the Board of Trustees for the Passaic County Community College Foundation.