Women's Entrepreneurship Week 2018: Hon. Wilda Diaz





Hon. Wilda Diaz
Mayor, City of Perth Amboy


Wilda Diaz was re-elected as Mayor of the City of Perth Amboy for a third, four-year term in November 2016. She was first sworn in on July 1, 2008, becoming the first woman to hold that office. She is currently the only elected Latina mayor of Puerto Rican descent in the State of New Jersey.


As Mayor Diaz marks her 10-year anniversary in serving the City of Perth Amboy, she remains at the forefront of issues such as expanding programs for children, youth and families, maintaining an open and honest government, business expansion, economic development, job creation, and preserving the City’s history.


Mayor Diaz served as the first Latina President and Chair of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association. She also has served on the League Management Reform Committee for the New Jersey League of Municipalities and currently serves as the Chairwoman for the Perth Amboy Redevelopment Agency.


Mayor Diaz has received many awards, including the “Community Leaders of Distinction” award from the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the LatinoJustice “Latina Trailblazers” award for public service, and the “Community Leader” award from the Hispanic American Law Enforcement Association.


Prior to taking office, Mayor Diaz spent 20 years in the banking industry. She is a life-long resident of Perth Amboy.


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