Freeholder Michelle Gentek
520 Market Street 8th Floor
Camden, NJ 08102
Term - January 2013 to December 2015
Michelle Gentek brings her commitment to the environment and a lifetime of public service and community activism to her role as a Camden County Freeholder. She lives in Gloucester Township with her three sons.
She served as a Councilwoman in Gloucester Township from 2010-2012. Through her leadership there, Freeholder Gentek helped Gloucester Township develop a comprehensive Energy Master Plan that includes installation of solar panels on the municipal building and a $21 million shared services solar project in partnership with the Gloucester Township Public Schools and the Black Horse Pike Regional School District. She also created the Township’s first Community Garden program and has worked to revitalize downtown Blackwood by merging economic development with the arts.
While a member of Gloucester Township Council, Freeholder Gentek assumed a leadership role in the Township’s Sustainability Program and, in just one year, ensured the Township earned a Bronze certification from the Sustainable Jersey Program, followed by a silver certification. She received the Sustainable New Jersey Leadership Award in 2012 for the vital role she played in Gloucester Township’s success in sustainability.
Under her guidance, Camden County has expanded its sustainability efforts and environmental education. The greenhouses at the Lakeland campus have been renovated and are now growing the plants found in Camden County’s park system. Additionally the Office of Sustainability and Shared Services has a new home at the Lakeland Campus where a Tool Library and an Outdoor Environmental Classroom are being developed, along with an expansion of the Camden County BikeShare Program.
She has brought her commitment to sustainability to her role as liaison to Camden County’s Sustainability program, as well as serving as liaison to the County’s Department of Public Safety and Juvenile Justice, the Department of Corrections, the Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Central Services.
Whether it is Freeholder Gentek’s advocacy for environmental sustainability or her vision for economic development, she is grounded in community activism. Prior to her election in 2009, she was involved in many aspects of her community, including Chairwoman of her Neighborhood Watch for over 12 years.
In 2008, she received the "Woman Who Makes a Difference Award" from Gloucester Township. As a former Cub Scout leader, member of her Parent Teacher Council, and religious education teacher, Freeholder Gentek understands that it takes community involvement to raise great kids and to help build a great community.
A former small business owner, Freeholder Gentek used that experience to help small businesses succeed and thrive through expanded services and opportunities in Gloucester Township, and used her business sense to help promote economic development there.
Freeholder Gentek is liaison to the following departments and offices:
- Department of Central Services
- Office of Sustainability and Shared Services
- Department of Corrections
- Department of Public Safety & Juvenile Justice