Future Majority Panel


John Campbell

Founder, African American Republican Coalition

John Campbell is a graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, MA where he served as President of the Student Government Association for a record 3 years. At the age of 19, John also founded and operated a brick and mortar sneaker store, Foot Traffik, in the North Shore of Boston. Upon graduating, John briefly worked for United States Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) before returning to NJ to run for State Assembly in the 22nd legislative district.

John enjoys participating in the political process and has always been determined to create more balance in our two party system here in NJ. To that end, John founded the NJ African American Republican Coalition which encourages more minority participation in the Republican Party through education, economic empowerment and faith based programs. For his work, John has met with President Trump and Vice President Pence at the White House on several occasions this past year.

John currently serves as a top insurance consultant for one of NJ’s fastest growing commercial insurance firms which services the public sector. He currently resides in Planfield with his wife and newborn baby girl.


Kamei Harris

Hudson County Federation of Republican Women

Kamei Harris is the first African American Woman President of the Hudson County Federation of Republican Women, which was chartered in April of 2019. Ms. Harris is a community leader and is involved politically in her neighborhood and county. Whether it be by heading voter registration drives, circulating nomination petitions for the Republican candidates in Hudson County, furnishing information to voters about upcoming elections or working with block captains and other neighborhoods to help solve quality of life issues in the community, Ms. Harris has not been limited! She strives for unity, persistence, and encouragement for the Republican Party. She understands her knowledge and beliefs will be challenged by a predominantly Democratic County. Ms. Harris is currently the assistant chief clerk for Support Services in the Department of Public Safety in the City of Jersey City and is eager to continue the momentum by making Hudson County Great Again!


Ileana Schirmer

Former Hamilton Councilwoman

Born in Cuba and raised in Union City, New Jersey

Graduate of Stockton State College, Ileana began her career working in the pharmaceutical industry in clinical research where she had the opportunity to travel extensively nationally and internationally. In 1999, Ileana started her own pharmaceutical staffing firm. Her staffing firm grew into a successful and well-recognized company in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. While owning her staffing firm, Ileana purchased a franchise childcare center in North Brunswick, turning the school into an award-winning school.

Ileana served on the Hamilton Township Council from December 2012 to December 31, 2019. First Hispanic elected female in Mercer County and the first Hispanic elected in Hamilton Township.

During her time on council, she has contributed to a governing body that kept taxes stable, helped township earn and maintain a AA credit rating, and was actively involved on working to oversee fire consolidation which is anticipated to increase efficiencies and reduce cost. Ileana has served as president of Our Lady of Sorrows school board, board of directors for the Hamilton YMCA, Hamilton Township planning board, Hamilton Township Economic Development Committee, and Hamilton Township Arts Council. Ileana continues to be an active representative in her community. She continues to work with organizations, Hispanic and minority communities. She currently serves on the board of directors of the John O. Wilson Center and serves on the Hamilton Township zoning board.


Carlos Rendo

Woodcliff Lake, NJ-Mayor, 2017 Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor

Mayor Carlos Rendo was born in Sagua LaGrande, Cuba. He legally immigrated to the United States in 1966 fleeing Cuba’s Communist regime. Mayor Rendo settled with his parents in Union City, New Jersey. Carlos was educated in the public school system graduating from Emerson High School in Union City, New Jersey. After completing his secondary education Carlos went on to receiving a Baccalaureate Degree in Political Science from Rutgers University New Brunswick, and received a Juris Doctorate Degree from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mayor Carlos Rendo was elected Mayor of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey in 2015 and re-elected to his second term in 2019. Currently, Mayor Rendo serves as the highest ranking Hispanic Republican elected official in the State of New Jersey. In 2017, during her Gubernatorial campaign, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno selected Mayor Rendo as her Lt. Governor candidate. In 2016, Mayor Rendo served as New Jersey Co-Chairman for Senator Marco Rubio for President.

Carlos is a partner for the law firm of Mulkay and Rendo, P.C. in North Bergen, New Jersey specializing in Immigration/Nationality Law, Family Law, Elder Law and Land Use Planning.

Carlos is a 20-year resident of the Borough of Woodcliff Lake and is married to Michelle with whom he has 3 children Christian, Daniel, and Sophia.


Sam Markstein

Political Director, Republican Jewish Coalition

Sam Markstein is currently the National Political Director at the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC). Founded in 1985, RJC serves as the unique bridge between the Jewish community and Republican decision-makers; RJC has a well-established reputation as the most influential Republican Jewish organization in the country. As National Political Director, Sam is responsible for overseeing an unprecedented multi-million dollar Jewish outreach campaign in key battleground states in support of President Trump and candidates who reflect RJC’s priorities and principles.

Sam got his start in Republican politics working on the Chris Christie for President campaign in June 2015, where his main responsibilities included successful delegate recruitment and ballot access efforts in the notoriously difficult states of Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Subsequent positions with Representative Scott Garrett in the 5th Congressional District and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno brought Sam back to New Jersey where he built, developed and maintained relationships with key elected officials, party leaders and coalition stakeholders. Prior to joining RJC, Sam served as the Statewide Political Director on the Bob Hugin for U.S. Senate campaign, managing the day-to-day operations of the political team, overseeing the campaign’s field program, and directing a comprehensive and targeted GOTV operation. Sam graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 2015 majoring in International Business with a double-minor in Entrepreneurship & Management, and Marketing & Communications.


Moderator
Swati Singh

Director of Strategic Initiatives, RNC

Swati Singh is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Republican National Committee. Prior to joining the RNC, she served as the Deputy Finance Director at the Republican State Leadership Committee, and the Deputy Chief of Staff to Nevada Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison. Swati holds over a decade of experience in political, legislative, and campaign work. A proud Native Nevadan, she received her baccalaureate degree in political science at UNLV.


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