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Graduate Applies Lessons from Berkeley College to Hoboken Housing Authority
As a Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Hoboken Housing Authority, James Sanford faces many ongoing challenges that plague public housing on a daily basis, such as securing funding and increasing the quality of life for residents. He has applied the lessons he learned while taking classes at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, as well as interning in its Government Relations and External Affairs department, to his passion for public housing advocacy.
Graduating in 2004 with a B.S. in Accounting, Mr. Sanford credits skills such as financial analysis, budget preparation, negotiation, and management with helping him be a better problem-solver while volunteering at the Hoboken Housing Authority since 2014. He also praises the Berkeley College Government Relations and External Affairs department for the experience he gained during his internship. “The department’s staff were great mentors,” Mr. Sanford said. “They taught me about presentation, professionalism and work ethics.”
Mr. Sanford also took advantage of assistance from Berkeley College’s Career Services department, who helped find him his first paid internship and full time position with ProActive Marketing Group in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Over the years, he has held finance positions with companies like Deutsche Telekom, T-Systems North America Inc., and the United Nations Federal Credit Union. His community service work also includes serving on the executive boards of Rotaract, the Hudson County Young Republicans, and the Hoboken Republican Party.