Resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; formerly of Montclair, New Jersey, 1980-2015; raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Marital Status: Married to Shelby Grifo Swayze; Three children: Ian, Sasha, and Austin and six grandchildren.


Graduate of Kean University, night student, 1980. BA, Sociology and Social Work major.
Attended Essex County College, 1969-1970.
Graduate, Thomas Jefferson High School, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1967.

Prior Employment

Union County Division of Social Services (1972 – 2015), including:
Assistant Administrative Supervisor of Social Work, overseeing the Work First New Jersey program (2007 – 2015);
Social Work Supervisor and LIHEAP Coordinator, (1987 – 2007).


Founder and current Board Member At-Large, New Jersey SHARES Founder/Former Chairperson, New Jersey Low Income Energy Network
Member, Anti-Povery Network of New Jersey (APN)
Member, National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC)
Member, Weavers Way Co-op
Member, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks


Employee of the Month, County of Union (NJ), June, 2001
Energy Vanguard Award, New Jersey Community Action Association, October, 1998.
National Fuel Funds Network’s Sister Patricia Kelly Achievement Award, June, 1998.
Program Achievement Award, National Association of Counties for Union County’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, 1990.


Co-Chair, 22nd Ward Open Caucus, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Democratic Committeeperson, 22-03 and Member, 22nd Ward Executive Committee
Volunteer, Bernie Sanders for President, Philadelphia, PA, 2016
Listowner of the S1068 Mailing List; first online lobbying effort in the state of New Jersey resulting in the passage of legislation requiring all bills to be posted on the Internet, 1994-1996.
Montclair Publicity Chairman, John Anderson For President Committee, 1980
Chairman, October 15th Vietnam Moratorium Committee, Essex County College, 1969
Chairman, Union County Youth For Dumont, Republican candidate for Governor, 1965
Union County Teen Age Republicans (1962-1967)

Last updated: July 30, 2020

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