Dr. Lauren M. Zyriek Enriquez serves as New Jersey’s Assistant Secretary of State. Since 2022, she has also served as Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Elections. Before joining the Secretary of State’s office in 2018, Dr. Zyriek Enriquez was the Deputy Clerk for the Office of the Bergen County Clerk where she had the distinction of being the first Latina in her position. She has also held policy roles at the Guatemalan Mission to the United Nations and the United States Census Bureau.
Dr. Zyriek Enriquez is passionate about supporting free and fair elections and ensuring our government is responsive to all of the people we serve. She believes public service is for everyone and has pursued education and professional work that explores how government and politics impact communities and society. She always strives to be part of the decision-making process to advance ideas and guarantee that forthcoming policies are mindful of the demographics they serve.
Dr. Zyriek Enriquez earned her Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. She has a Masters degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Montclair State University, and an Associate’s Degree from Bergen Community College. Additionally, she has Executive Education Certificates in Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
She is also a New Jersey Registered Municipal Clerk, a Board Member of the New Jersey American Society for Public Administration, a Board Member of the Latina Civic Foundation, and a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center Elections Task Force. She also has the distinction of being awarded the Hazel Frank Gluck Award from the Center for American Women in Politics Rutgers Eagleton Institute, the Outstanding Hispanic American Community Service Award from the County of Bergen, and the Latino Heritage Foundation Alumna Award from Bergen Community College.