Board of Trustees

Ariagna Perello
Ariagna Perello
Title: Board Trustee

Ariagna has been involved with serving the community since she was a teenager, which is a passion that has shaped her raison d’etre.  Community/Public service is what drives her to help make her city of Newark a model for urban excellence. Service to the community has driven Ariagna to start a Civic Association to help serve the community in which she lives.    

In 2012, Ariagna became a member of the Newark Board of Education, and in 2015 became the first Latina President of the Board. During her tenure with the Board of Education, she took measures to ensure that all Board Members became certified by the State of NJ. She assisted in the restoration of Local Control to the Newark Board of Education; championed the Newark Public School's renaming from the old Elliott Street School to Salome Urena Elementary becoming the first school named under a Latina. In 2015 was appointed to the Newark's Commission of Women Status. In 2016 obtained the Certified Board Member by the New Jersey School Board Association, Emerge NJ alumni and PolitickerNJ even listed her as one of the most influential Latinos in New Jersey.