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About Naima

Naima Ricks, Ph.D., is the perfect combination of a dynamic leader and visionary. Naima hit the ground running in 2013 when she became the youngest elected official in her hometown of Roselle, NJ as she served as the Vice President of the Roselle Board of Education. Currently, Naima serves as the Co-Vice President of the Union County Young Democrats. She has been listed on InsiderNJ's African American Power List of most prestigious political players since 2016-2022. Naima has also appeared on Chasing News, where she was able to share her political commentary with the NJ/NY/PA area. Recently, Naima received the "Role Model of the Year" award by the Roselle Branch NAACP.


Naima has worked as a higher education professional for over 10+ years. She has worked in both academic and student affairs to support student development and success. Naima's primary goal in life is to cultivate young men and women into the leaders of tomorrow.  Not only does Naima work for the public at large, but Naima works out of the public eye as she continues to enhance the development of young men and women by providing effective career coaching and professional development; molding a whole new generation of leaders. Naima believes in leading by example and believes wholeheartedly that education today paves the way for a successful tomorrow.

Naima is the proud founder of Empowered by Naima, LLC. 


Her motto…" Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."  Nelson Mandela


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