Amit Jani currently works in public affairs and political consulting in New Jersey, in which he manages public relations for political, corporate and government clients. He previously served as a Congressional Aide for Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. in New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional District. In this capacity, he worked to build community relations, planned programs important to residents in the district, and served as a liaison for constituents and community stakeholders to federal, state, and local government agencies, and the private sector. He also serves as a County Director for the South Asian American Caucus within the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, and as an Advisory Board Member for the Hudson County Schools of Technology Foundation.
Prior to this role, he worked in a legislative capacity for Congresswoman Judy Chu in Washington, D.C. He also worked with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), working on issues including education, civil rights and South-Asian affairs. He has prior experience working for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New Jersey State Legislature, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ. Amit has also served as Committeeman for the Middlesex County Democratic Committee.
Given the lack of South-Asian American representation in government and politics, Amit was inspired to found and help create the New Jersey Leadership Program, which helps to place South-Asian youth in local government summer internships, while teaching them about the government, politics and community engagement.
Amit is a native of Jersey City, where he currently resides. He is also an alumnus of Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey and a proud Scarlet Knight. Amit is a Contributor to the Huffington Post and was named as a “30 Under 30 in New Jersey Politics” by Observer Magazine.