Jersey City Medical Center Announces Carlos Lejnieks as new Chair of the Medical Center’s Board of Trustees

He is the first chair of the Jersey City Medical Center's Board of Trustees of Latinx heritage

Carlos Lejnieks

Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), an affiliate of RWJBarnabas Health, the
leading academic health system in New Jersey, welcomes Carlos Lejnieks, the CEO of Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties, as the hospital’s new board chair.

Lejnieks has served on the JCMC board since 2011. From 2014 to 2017, he was chair of the
medical center’s Quality Assessment and Risk Management Committee. Lejnieks is the first
person of Latinx heritage to serve as the Chair of the Jersey City Medical Center Board of

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“Carlos is deeply committed to our local community and to ensuring that the very best
healthcare is available to residents of Hudson County. His leadership, vision and insight as
board chair will be key to the Medical Center’s growth in the future,” said Michael Prilutsky,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Jersey City Medical Center.

Aligned with JCMC’s commitment to healing, enhancing, and investing in Hudson County,
Lejnieks also has extensive ties to the local community. He serves on the New Jersey City
University (NJCU) board, where he is a member of its executive committee. He has also
been on the Board of Regents for Saint Peter’s University since 2011.

“I’m honored to be named as Jersey City Medical Center’s new board chair. I see my new
role as an extension of my mentoring mission: to empower others to see what a difference
they can make and what they can accomplish,” said Lejnieks. “We will continue to make a
difference in health outcomes for Hudson County residents.”

Lejnieks has taken his grassroots experience to inform policy. He currently serves on
Governor Murphy’s “Third Sector Advisory Council,” tasked with policy recommendations
for the 1.2M “ALICE” (Asset Limited Income Constrained and Employed) families most
affected by the pandemic and, in 2018, he was appointed to the New Jersey Real Estate

He also has also served on former President Obama’s Regional Finance Committee, and Transition Teams for Governor Phil Murphy, Governor Chris Christie and former Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Lejnieks’ career highlights include co-founding the Democracy Prep Public Schools, a
network of schools serving over 7,000 youth based in Harlem. He is also chair emeritus of
the New Jersey Charter Schools Association, the statewide organization tasked with
representing all students in New Jersey charter schools.

Active with his alma mater, Lejnieks is president of the Brown University Alumni
Association Board of Governors, representing over 100,000 alumni globally. He is the first
Latinx person to hold that post in the university’s history. He also serves on Brown’s
finance and budget committee. Lejnieks earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University
and a Master of Science from London School of Economics. In 2011, he earned an honorary
doctorate from Saint Peter’s University.