The American Conference on Diversity (ACOD) Board of Trustees, staff, and constituents are proud to welcome Rhonda M. Figueroa, Corporate Diversity Officer at New Jersey Resources, as the newest rhondafmember to the Board of Trustees Advisory Board.

“Ms. Figueroa exemplifies the leadership New Jersey needs to embrace differences and build bridges across cultural divides,” said ACOD President & CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley. “The goal of our Advisory Board is to transform communities through institutional change by empowering leaders.”

As Corporate Diversity Officer at New Jersey Resources, Ms. Figueroa is responsible for facilitating an open and inclusive workplace, where all people are treated with dignity and respect, as well as developing programs and initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion as a core value. Prior to her current position, she served as the Company’s Corporate Secretary.

Ms. Figueroa graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a master’s degree in business administration from Monmouth University. She also received her Diversity and Inclusion Professionals certificate from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Ms. Figueroa is a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and serves as a Trustee and Secretary of the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and third vice president on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Woman of Distinction award.

“New Jersey Resources and the American Conference on Diversity have partnered on a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives over the past 15 years. I am very excited to continue this partnership and am truly looking forward to joining the wonderful group of people who work tirelessly to advance the mission,” said Ms. Figueroa.

Are you a diversity professional who wants to make a lasting change by becoming an ACOD Advisory Board member?

Send an email with your bio (500 words or less) to or call 732-745-9330. Please use ACOD Advisory Board in the subject line. ACOD’s primary focus is to provide learning experiences that empower individuals and leaders, who in turn, will bring about change within their own schools, neighborhoods, and institutions. The Advisory Board will guide the organization in the development and implementation of effective programming and fund-development initiatives.

American Conference on Diversity’s mission is to build more inclusive and just schools, workplaces, and communities through awareness, education, and advocacy. As the organization strives to reach every sector within the community – from corporate, government, and faith to youth, education, and media – Advisory Board members such as Ms. Figueroa will help guide this process.

About the American Conference on Diversity

The American Conference on Diversity is dedicated to building just and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities through awareness, education, and advocacy. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1948 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Today the programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders, enhancing our workplaces, and helping to create inclusive communities. Visit to learn more.


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