During a career that has spanned over two decades, Tahesha Way, Esq. has been a judge, educator, public servant, and committed to numerous philanthropic causes.
Nominated for appointment by Governor Phil Murphy on December 18, 2017, Ms. Way was sworn in as New Jersey’s 34th Secretary of State on February 26, 2018. Prior to becoming Secretary of State, Secretary Way was an Administrative Law Judge for the State of New Jersey. In 2006, Secretary Way was elected to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and served as the Freeholder Director in 2009. She also served as a council member for the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council. She is the former president of the Women Empowered Democratic Organization of Passaic County, an organization dedicated to empowering Democratic women by increasing their participation with the goal of achieving greater equality in the political process. She served as a board member for Celebrate New Jersey Now, a social welfare nonprofit that promotes voter engagement and small business growth in the state. Secretary Way also serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a leading national think tank geared towards advancing dialogue and policy for improving women’s lives and their families.department of state logo shop