n 1989, Ugorji joined the New Jersey State Government as a Governor’s Fellow in Public Administration. He started his career in public administration with employment at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
He has since served as training and development specialist, programs coordinator, labor relations manager, EEO officer, administrative analyst, management improvement specialist, and a Special Assistant to the New Jersey Secretary of State, Dr. DeForest Soaries, Jr. His scholarly articles in such journals as Pubic Administration Review (PAR) have contributed to the body of knowledge in the field.
American Society for Public Admid
In 1990, Ugorji joined the American Society for Pubic Administration (ASPA). He was elected to the Executive Council and became the Vice President for the Membership Development of the New Jersey chapter of ASPA. In that capacity, he worked to quadruple the number of Black and Latino members of the chapter.
Trenton Board of Education
Mayor Douglas Palmer of the City of Trenton appointed Ugorji to the Trenton Board of Education in 1998. He served as the Chairman of the Board’s Curriculum Committee, Member of the Personal Committee, and Lead Board Member in the Superintendent Search Committee that hired Mr. James Lyttle as superintendent in 1999.
In 2001, Ugorji joined the Granville Charter High School of Trenton as a member of its Board of Trustees. He served as the Chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee of the school and attended conferences on behalf of Granville in support of the charter schools concept.
New Jersey Black Issues Convention
Ugorji registered the African Writers Endowment as a member association of the New Jersey Black Issues Convention (NJBIC) in 2001. The NJBIC is an amalgam of over 40 top civil rights and community service organizations in the state of New Jersey. He subsequently became a member of the Board of Directors of NJBIC.
Willingboro Zoning Board of Adjustments
In 20014 Ugorji was appointed to the Zoning Board of the township by the Mayor and Township Council. The Zoning Board of Adjustment is an independent, quasi-judicial body that grants variances and hears appeals of rulings by the Zoning Officer. The Board also interprets the township’s Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Political Activism A veteran of presidential, gubernatorial and mayoral election campaigns for the Democratic Party in the United States of America, Ugorji has served as a volunteer in Obama for America (OFA). He had also volunteered for the Bill Clinton campaigns for president, as well as for the Howard Dean and Jesse Jackson presidential campaigns. So far the lone Republican he has volunteered for her campaign was Governor Christie Whitman of New Jersey.
In the just concluded 2015 presidential campaign and elections in Nigeria, Ugorji served as a consultant to and the Director General of the Chekwas Okorie Presidential Campaign Organization. He took no salary or remuneration for his services.
College Education and Professional Development:
1994 Doctor of Educational Administration, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 1990 Certified Public Manager studies, Rutgers University and New Jersey HRDI 1989 Graduate Internship, Career Services, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 1989 Master of Arts, Counseling and Personnel Management, The College of New Jersey 1987 Bachelor of Science (Biology), The College of New Jersey 1986 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), The College of New Jersey
Honors and Awards:
- Western Union Community Service Award
- Merit/Service Award, World Igbo Congress, Inc.
- Alumni Achievement Award, The College of New Jersey
- Distinguished Services Award, Trenton Board of Education
- Model Citizen of New Jersey, a proclamation from Governor Florio of New Jersey
- Minority Academic Careers Fellowship, Rutgers University
- Ralph Bunche Fellow, Amnesty International-USA
- First Prize, National Association for Black Studies’ Creative Writing Contest
- Outstanding Young Men of America
- Who’s Who Among Students of American Universities and Colleges
Book Written: I sw the sky fall (Fungai Books, 2014). Sunrise daughters: A global portrait of Igbo women (Sungai Books, 2009) Tall Drums: Portraits of Nigerians who are changing America (Sungai Books, 2002) The Crow Bride and other Torti tales (Sungai Books, 1997) From the belly of the Gods: An African mythology (Sungai Books, 1993) The Adventures of Torti: Tales from West Africa (Africa World Press, 1991)
Ugorji holds two Igbo traditional titles: Odoziobodo Mbaise, conferred on him by HRH Eze Leo Nnaji in 1999; and Ide Mmuta conferred on him by HRH Eze S. N. Ugorji in 2014.