Participant Profiles

Make the Road New Jersey

About the Organization

Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant, working-class & Latinx communities to achieve dignity and respect through community organizing, legal, policy innovation and transformative education. Make the Road New Jersey’s hubs in Elizabeth, Perth Amboy, Newark and Passaic are hubs for community organizing. Every week, hundreds of immigrant families - young people and adults - come together to fight for dignity and respect in their communities.

Yambeli Gomez

Project Lead

Before joining Make the Road New Jersey, Yambeli was an at-large member of the Newark Public Schools Board of Education in New Jersey and worked as a community and education organizer on various political campaigns.

Yambeli has worked as a labor organizer and assisted in smaller campaigns working to raise the minimum wage for poor and working class people around the country; the most notable victory was in SeaTac, Washington the first city in the country to have a $15 minimum wage.

Yambeli has been recognized by the City of Newark and State of NJ for her community work.