“Fortgang” means, “moving forward” and that is exactly what Laura Fortgang helps people do in her career, in her family and in her community.

Raised in New Providence, New Jersey, where her mother still lives, Laura has always been a natural organizer and problem solver, engaged with whatever community she has been a part of. A 24-year resident of Verona, Laura built her business as an internationally recognized coach at the same time she was raising her family with her husband, Mark, also a small business owner. Her eldest son is about to graduate from Rutgers. The younger two are finishing high school. Laura nurtured all three children through New Jersey’s excellent public schools, taking on every volunteer role from class parent to president of the music boosters. She streamlined the boosters into a 501 c-3 non-profit, increasing the money they raised for the kids while cutting the hours required from busy parents.

She is currently the chairwoman of the Verona Democratic Committee, a responsibility which convinced her government must operate with transparency and accountability. She also serves as an interfaith minister, helping her to deepen her commitment to the district and the many communities that comprise it.

Laura Fortgang brings the energy and professional skills to cut through the chaos and gridlock of our state government and  find solutions that work for everyone. For 24 years she’s done just this working with large organizations, like NASA, corporations like Novartis, and many small businesses as an executive coach and a consultant. She’s helped re-establish effective communication with groups that have grown dysfunctional and factioned. She’s helped executives and teams find solutions hiding in plain sight, bringing everyone on board. She’s guided organizations through difficult transitions, providing clear focus on the goals and then achieving them.

An acclaimed and skilled communicator, Laura has shared her expertise as a best-selling, award-winning author; as a sought-after public speaker on Good Morning America, Oprah, and other national media outlets; and in a Ted Talk with almost a million views. She helped establish The International Coaching Federation, the first and largest in the field, that now operates in eighty countries. She has spoken all over the world from Japan, to Europe and South America.

When we elect her to represent the 26th Legislative District, she will bring this same energy and skill to tackle New Jersey’s most crucial problems, where families are paying more but getting less in return.