Village President Sheena C. Collum
The Honorable Sheena C. Collum was elected in May 2015 as the 49th Village President of Township of South Orange Village and was the first female to hold this role in a municipality of 16,000 residents which is also the proud home to the Seton Hall University Pirates. She is currently the youngest female municipal executive in the State of New Jersey and has concentrated her priorities around smart growth and economic development, citizen engagement and volunteerism, and streamlining municipal operations through consolidations, shared services and the expansion of technology.
Best known for her outgoing personality and unorthodox management style, Sheena can be found virtually anywhere in town using restaurants for office hours, visiting schools and student groups, stopping by block parties, picking up trash, boxing, walking her Chihuahuas, or utilizing Facebook Live to broadcast community events and respond to resident’s concerns.
An unapologetic, pussyhat-wearing progressive, Sheena actively organizes and participates in a series of social justice causes. Additionally, during her tenure as a community volunteer, she’s raised over $100,000 to fund the arts, volunteer rescue squad, food insecure students, the local food pantry, meals on wheels for senior citizens, hurricane relief efforts, and after school activities.
Professionally, Sheena is the Executive Director of the American Planning Association - New Jersey Chapter, a statewide planning organization whose mission is to help build stronger communities and provide more choices for how people work and live while meeting the challenges of both growth and change. In her role, Sheena works regularly with local and state officials, professional and nonprofit organizations, and state and federal agencies on arrange of public policy issues affecting New Jersey’s municipalities including smart growth, state and regional planning, transportation, public health, sustainability, economic development, redevelopment and affordable housing.
Sheena is a proud alumnus of Seton Hall University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in public policy.
In her spare time, Sheena eats a lot of spicy Korean food and plays golf.
The Village Green (July 2017)
Data, Diplomacy and Detox Drinks: Typical Workday of Atypical South Orange Village President Sheena Collum
TAPintoSOMA (January 2017)
Meet South Orange Village President Sheena Collum