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Efrain Feliciano Recognized for Contributions to the Field of Public Service

Now retired, Mr. Feliciano served as the chief of legislative affairs and community outreach for the New Jersey State Parole Board.

    SEWELL, NJ, August 19, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Efrain Feliciano has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

For more than four decades, Mr. Feliciano enjoyed a fulfilling career in public service, having held the role of chief of legislative affairs and community outreach on behalf of the New Jersey State Parole Board (NJSPB) between 2006 and his retirement in 2010. Leveraging his experience as a legislative and community liaison from 2001 until 2006, he was responsible for maintaining effective relations between the NJSPB and the state legislature, as well as facilitating communications between the parole board and its associated advisory board. Among his accomplishments in this role, he is particularly proud to have helped take political considerations out of the arena of parole hearings, lobbying former Governor Richard Codey to approve the confidential status of all hearing officers, thereby ensuring that incoming parole board administrators could no longer dismiss anyone holding proper certification.

Originally joining the parole board as a confidential agent in 1979, Mr. Feliciano rose through various positions of increasing authority, including as a principal parole counselor and hearing officer. In the latter role, he was charged with conducting 20 hearings per day and offering recommendations concerning the handling of parole denials, pardons, sentence commutations, fine remissions and certifications of good conduct.

Mr. Feliciano initially availed himself on behalf of his country as a member of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam War at the age of 18. He went on to attend Burlington County College, where he earned distinction as the first Puerto Rican to become a student senator, and as the founder of the campus Spanish American Club. For his accomplishments during his academic career, he was bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Service Award in 1975. During his subsequent studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he achieved a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1979, Mr. Feliciano joined the campaign of Barbara Kalik, serving as a coordinator for her bid to become a state assemblyperson. Following her victory in this effort, he served as her legislative aide from 1978 until 1979.

Outside of his subsequent career in the field of corrections, Mr. Feliciano distinguished himself in the realm of politics by serving on a number of commissions, during which time he lobbied for greater access to positions of power for Hispanics. To wit, he was invited by the New Jersey State Democratic Party to be a founding member of the N.J. State Hispanic Task Force in 1992. He also served as a coordinator for the reelection of former Governor Jim Florio in 1993, and as a founder of the South Jersey Latino and Friends political action committee. Years later, Mr. Feliciano worked as the deputy manager for James McGreevey's successful campaign for governor in 2001, taking a leave of absence from his post with the NJSPB to dedicate himself fully to this task. In this role, he was responsible for the execution of an action plan that would appeal to the Latino population of New Jersey, as well as communicating with notable leaders within that community.

The following year, Mr. Feliciano served as an interagency liaison to the Delaware River Port Authority, through which he collected and analyzed data from the Office of Business Development and Equal Opportunity regarding minority-owned business enterprises, among other duties to his credit, such as monitoring general transportation and economic developments in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Upon the conclusion of his brief tenure with the organization, he returned to his work at the NJSPB.

Well regarded for his manifold contributions to the field of public service, Mr. Feliciano has received a number of accolades. Among them, he received the National Boriqua Latino Health Organization Award for his work on behalf of the Hispanic community in 2007, as well as an Outstanding Community Service Award from the Deptford Township, which recognized his work as the chairman of the planning board between 1997 and 2001. He was also acknowledged by the Boy Scouts of America with an Outstanding Hispanic-American Award in 2000 and with several local certificates and proclamations throughout the 1990s. Mr. Feliciano also earned several naval merits, such as a Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star and a National Defense Service Medal in 1972.

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