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.

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, 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.