I’m Zach Infante, an educator and administrator running for my hometown Board of Education in Roselle Park, NJ. I’m the child of a Puerto Rican mother, Dominican father and sibling to a successful sister. I grew up in Roselle Park’s Fifth Ward and attended Aldene School, Roselle Park Middle School, and served as my Senior Class President at Roselle Park High School (‘09). My involvement in our community began at a young age. My dad brought me to the public library regularly, I played recreational sports, and I attended and eventually counseled at Roselle Park Summer Camp.
The Roselle Park School District prepared me to succeed academically as well as artistically. I went on to attend New York University, receive a BFA in Drama, and I took special interest in the Child Adolescent Mental Health Program during my studies. I’ve gone on to work in numerous arts education programs and currently serve as the Director of Youth Outreach for The Future Perfect Project, a non-profit organization that serves LGBTQ+ youth and believes that the artistic expression of young people is a declaration of a better future for us all. As an educator I know how important it is to build teams that collaborate with and support each other. As an administrator I see how essential efficiency, transparency, and compassion are to a healthy working environment.
I’m committed to the enrichment and learning experience of all our young people, their families, educators, and staff. I intend to, in efforts with our community, examine ways we can encourage diversity in hiring practices, make our curriculum more inclusive, and ensure that our district is safe for people of all backgrounds. We're facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community, and I'm committed to the mental and physical health of our students first and foremost. It’s my pledge to continue to practice integrity, honesty, and to remain teachable throughout this race.