Who is ALICE?

ALICE Action Network

Envisioning A More Equitable Future For Our ALICE Workforce

The ALICE Action Network was created in 2018 by the United Way of Northern New Jersey with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The purpose of the ALICE Action Network is to engage with business leaders and human resource professionals across sectors throughout New Jersey to discuss challenges confronting the ALICE workforce, and to learn and share how companies can best support these employees.

The Network began with twelve forums that included corporate partners, small business owners, non-profit leaders, industry groups, unions, and grassroots advocates, and ALICE workers.

At each forum, the United Way of Northern New Jersey engaged participants in a conversation about ALICE in the workplace. Each discussion included efforts to understand the challenges that ALICE households confront, and to brainstorm about a range of workplace, community, and public policy-based strategies and solutions.

The result was a wealth of understanding about the reasons why lower income workers struggle, and some sharing of projects, pilots, and policies that New Jersey companies have implemented to address those concerns. Visit the employee strategies section of this website to learn more about those efforts.

Gratitude & Acknowledgements

Advisory Committee

This founding body of advisors consisted of a diverse group of business leaders who passionately supported the project and committed to improving their workplace culture and policies to better support ALICE. The committee helped guide the direction and the specific deliverables of the project. The individuals involved in this committee generously contributed their time and expertise, providing invaluable support, guidance, and leadership for bettering workplace conditions for ALICE employees.

Andrea Alexander

Sandra Bleckman
Landmark Hospitality

Paul Boudreau
Peapack Gladstone Bank

Maria Brau
HR Executive

Hilary Kelly
Corporate Attorney

Geri Kern
Eli Lilly

Jane Kurek
Provident Bank Foundation

Shannon Lengares
Women's Center at County
College of Morris

Dan Margolis

Jen Miller
Maplecrest Ford

Cindy Chiarella
Retired PwC

Lisa Cohen

Jill Cooley
Prudential Advisors

Alicia DeLia
Rising Tide Capital

Lynore DeSantis
New Jersey Manufacturing
Extension Program

Rowena Pullan
Retired Pfizer

John C. Pryor
Louis Berger Services

Vanessa Raymond-Garcia
Fund For New Jersey

Kia Richmond
Eli Lilly

Rosanne Schwab
Peapack Gladstone Bank

Joseph E. Serzan
Peapack Gladstone Bank

Lina Diamond

Karen Donofrio
Prudential Advisors

Bernard Elser

Manie Fahey

Jan Helgeson

Ed Shannon

Ardaman Singh
Puerto Rican Action Board

Laura Lee Swope
Johnson & Johnson

John Torkos

Mark Valli

Elisa Wyman
HR Executive

Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University

United Way partnered with the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University to document the themes that emerged during the ALICE Action Forums. The research center then synthesized those topics with relevant human resource literature to identify areas of workplace policy and practice that hold the most promise for supporting ALICE workers. This body of work provided a launching pad for the vision, development, and promotion of ALICE-friendly work environments.

Debra Lancaster
Executive Director, Center for Women and Work

Elaine Zundl
Research Director, Center for Women and Work

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The ALICE Action Network would not be the success it is today without the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition to the financial support, the Foundation staff has been an active participant in the project’s development and implementation, lending hours of consultation and guidance.

Catherine J. Malone
Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

RWJF disclaimer: “Support for this program was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.”