Liberty Savings FCU President/CEO Maria Solorzano Honored at Jersey City’s ‘Women of Action’ Awards Ceremony

Liberty Savings FCU President/CEO Maria Solorzano was among 18 women from Jersey City that took a special bow Wednesday night during the city’s Women of Action awards ceremony. Solorzano was nominated by Councilwoman at Large Joyce Watterman.

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The Woman of Action winner Maria Solorzano with Councilwoman at Large Joyce Watterman at the awards ceremony on March 6, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Brown/City of Jersey City).


The annual event honors women from every ward for their unique contributions to the city. Each honoree was nominated by a member of the Jersey City Council.

Alfa Melesse Demmellash, co-founder of Rising Tide Capital, a nonprofit that helps urban entrepreneurs grow their businesses, served as the keynote speaker for the event in the City Council Chambers.

Other honorees included:

Nominated by Council President Rolando Lavarro: Jersey City NAACP secretary Phyllis Gordon and Liz Fisher, housing advocate and Jersey City Together volunteer.

Nominated by Councilwoman at Large Joyce Watterman: Christine Bridgelal, business developer for BCB Bank.

Nominated by Councilman Daniel Rivera: Amanda Blue, a senior public safety dispatcher for Jersey City, and Carmen Torres-Izquierdo, vice president of the Latino Institute.

Nominated by Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley: Dominique Smith, admissions counselor at New Jersey City University, and Bess Morrison, Welcome Home board member.

Nominated by Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey: Afaf Muhammad, youth and social justice advocate, and Mei Yeung, a local business owner.

Nominated by Councilman Richard Boggiano: Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar, founder of adwan.org, a rights-based Nepali organization, and Evelyn Rodriguez-Rubio, implementation coordinator at Anthem, Inc.

Nominated by Councilman Michael Yun: Catherine Healy-Tiscornia, chief counsel for the Hudson County Department of Family Services, and Helen Mitchell, co-founder of the Thomas and Helen Mitchell Fireman’s Scholarship at Saint Peter’s University.

Nominated by Councilman James Solomon: Crystal Kovach, co-founder of NJ-08 For Progress, and Lillian Bustle, burlesque performer, singer, MC, and producer of JC Burlesque.

Nominated by Councilman Jermaine Robinson: Kimberly Prince, founder of the Jump4Jerry double dutch program, and Dana Mondadori-Patton, a literacy advocate.