“Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in the world all of your own.”
My name is Natalia (Natasha) Ioffe. I was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and I immigrated to U.S. with my family in 1992, when I was 11. I have been living in Jersey City for 10 years, together with my husband and two children.
I graduated from George Washington High School in Philadelphia, and received my Bachelors Degree from Pace University, where I majored in International Management. While pursuing my degree I worked as a Mortgage Processor at the United Nations Federal Credit Union, providing loan assistance to UN employees and their families stationed in US and overseas.
A major part of my life has always been devoted to volunteering. From 2001-2007 I served as a translator at “Beth Shalom Center” a non-denominational multicultural ministry in Brooklyn, NY. My work there included translation at conferences, meetings and of various publications, as well as senior citizen assistance, social work and Legal Aid, youth mentoring, leading discussion groups and workshops for pre-teens and young adults, tutoring and helping with college applications and resumes.
During that time I was also a part of a mentoring project called “Chumz” at the “Baccalaureate School of Global Education” in Astoria, NY, where my teammates and I worked with students in building peer mentoring relationships between 10th and 7th graders, through workshops and projects.
In most recent years I have been serving on the Parent Council of Cornelia F. Bradford School (P.S.#16) in Jersey City where my children are enrolled. Our Parent Council operates as a non-profit corporation called “Concerned Parents Association” or “CPA of PS16” and our mission is to support and serve the students, parents and staff of our school. I served a complete 2-year term as President and presently serving my second year as 1st Vice President in the CPA.
During this time I have become very involved in the work of our school and had an opportunity to become well informed about our public school system. I believe that our district is on the right track and has the potential to continue improving and excelling, as experience has shown me that, when a community of parents and educators work together nothing is impossible.