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NJBIA Vice Presidents Alexis Bailey and Althea D. Ford have been recognized by ROI-NJ as influential people of color in the news organization’s annual publication honoring talented next-generation leaders in one of the most diverse states in the nation. 

ROI-NJ recognized Bailey and Ford as “key players for an organization that has a long history of powerful – and influential – advocacy on key issues for the business community.” 

Ford specializes in healthcare, education and consumer affairs issues for NJBIA. Most recently, Ford led NJBIA’s advocacy work on occupational licensing reform, specifically legislation to reduce wait times for state-issued professional and occupational licenses and stop the diversion of application fees to unrelated program in the state budget. 

Bailey, who will soon be headed to a new government affairs role at the Trenton-based lobbying firm Public Strategies Impact, has been at the forefront of a myriad of workforce issues affecting the business community this year. She had a highly visible role in the successful effort to secure employment reforms for teen workers and was a forceful advocate for businesses during legislative hearings on new employer mandates impacting the workplace. 

ROI-NJ Editor Tom Bergeron said the 2023 People of Color Influencer List celebrates the diverse talent in New Jersey and is a valuable resource for companies seeking to boost diversity in their C-suites and boardrooms. 

“ROI-NJ has named approximately 225 influential people of color on this year’s list,” Bergeron wrote. “All were carefully selected — and all would make a good board member (or executive) at your company.”