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Mariel Giletto Named NAWBO’s First Director of Public Policy

April 7, 2017

Parker McCay’s chair of the corporate law department has been named the first Director of Public Policy by the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners of South Jersey.

As Director of Public Policy, Ms. Giletto will develop a new committee to help shape the pro-business agenda of the South Jersey chapter. Ms. Giletto will also work with legislators and administrations on issues concerning women business owners in the state including health care insurance, procurement, taxation, social security, education, workforce, and technology.

In New Jersey, a report released by American Express OPEN estimates the number of women-owned businesses grew 48 percent between 1997 and 2014. The state's 230,000 women-owned businesses employ nearly 260,000 people and contribute $45 billion to the economy, according to American Express's analysis of Census data.

NAWBO Executive Director Fran Davis said, "We are very excited to have Ms. Giletto join the NAWBO South Jersey board to assist us with monitoring the legislative issues in the state that could impact our members."

Ms. Giletto handles a variety of legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation and development, operations, governance and compliance, and risk management. Over the years, Ms. Giletto's clients have included small start-up companies, non-profits, small business, family organizations, as well as large, multinational, publicly traded corporations.

Her legal representation of these companies encompasses all facets of corporate law, including contract drafting and negotiations, stock and asset purchase agreements, commercial lease and sales agreements, and corporate organizational documents and resolutions. Ms. Giletto also specializes in matters relating to marketing, social media, and other promotional activities, including sweepstakes and other prize promotion contests.

Ms. Giletto was raised by a multi-generational family of women entrepreneurs. Growing up in a small business household and being raised by working mothers and grandmothers influenced her decision to become a corporate attorney as well as her decision to join NAWBO. Ms. Giletto lives in Mt. Laurel with her family. She also is a board member for New Jersey Red Cross.

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