Freeholder Assad R. Akhter was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2016.
Apart from his role as a public official, Assad currently works as the Director of Community Outreach for the St. Joseph's Healthcare System. Prior to this most recent position Assad worked for Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) over the course of 11 years in both his Washington and New Jersey Congressional offices. In his capacity as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Congressman, he was directly responsible for managing the local district offices and staff for the 9th Congressional District of New Jersey. Before that assignment, Assad served as the Legislative Director in the Washington, DC office where he oversaw the Congressman’s legislative agenda and staff as he was tasked with coordinating the Congressman’s position on the House Ways & Means Committee, as well as staffing his assignment on the House Homeland Security Committee. During his time as Legislative Director, Assad was able to work on a number of momentous pieces of legislation including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; all of which were keystones to President Obama's legislative agenda during his first term.
Assad started as a staffer on Capitol Hill in 2003 and previously worked for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) where he was the lead staffer for her assignment on the House Science Committee. During college Assad also spent one summer working as a Legislative Fellow for Rep. David Bonior (D-MI). Prior to his appointment as a Freeholder, Assad was chosen to serve on the Board of Trustees at Passaic County Community College. Assad currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Paterson YMCA and on the Alumni Board of Directors at Seton Hall University.
As Freeholder, Assad serves on the Human Services, Planning and Economic Development, Energy and Sustainability, and Budget Committees. He also is also assigned as a Freeholder liaison to the Passaic County Board of Social Services, the Board of School Estimate, the Open Space Advisory Committee and as an Alternate Delegate to the New Jersey Association of Counties.
Assad graduated from Seton Hall University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He graduated from the Honors program and also received the Undergraduate Leadership Award from the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at graduation.
Assad and his wife Saira are proud to be homeowners in the City of Paterson, residing in the Lakeview section of South Paterson.