Melanie Willoughby, executive director, New Jersey Business Action Center.

Breaking through (access required)

Melanie Willoughby’s days as a pioneer date to 1972, when she enrolled at Rutgers College as one of the first 400 women accepted at the school. Later, she became the first female president elected to lead the school’s student government. Today, she leads the New Jersey Business Action Center, assisting businesses in growing and navigating through governmental regulation.

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Sen. Booker at Forbes Opportunity Zone Summit in Newark on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Federal lawmakers push for greater scrutiny of opportunity zone tax breaks

“The underlying legislation, the Investing in Opportunity Act, was intended to support the growth and revitalization of our nation’s most economically underserved communities,” reads a joint letter dated Oct. 31 to the U.S. Treasury Acting Inspector General Richard Delmar. “It was not the intent of Congress for this tax incentive to be used to enrich political supporters or personal friends of senior administration officials."

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