Village Green: Business Owner, Advocate, Community Volunteer Deborah Engel to Run for South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education

July 27, 2020 / The Village Green

Local businesswoman Deborah Engel will run for a seat on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education.

Engel was founder and owner of Work and Play, a pioneering co-working/childcare space in South Orange that closed in June. Engel launched a Facebook group to advocate for and assist other local business owners as they navigated ways to keep their businesses afloat amid shutdowns from the pandemic. She is also Vice-Chair of the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA).

“I am now running for the Board of Education because we are living in uncertain times that call for innovative thinking,” said Engel in a press release. “I believe my entrepreneurial and strategic communications experience will be an asset to the district as we adapt to our new hybrid learning model and implement the intentional integration plan.”