Dr. Sadaf Jaffer

Sadaf Jaffer is a scholar, activist, and former elected official. Dr. Jaffer was elected to the Township Committee in 2017 and served as Montgomery Township’s mayor from January 2019 to December 2020.

On the Township Committee, Dr. Jaffer has focused on good governance and increased transparency, communications, diversity, and inclusion. Dr. Jaffer has been especially involved in work to combat prejudice and build connections throughout the community. In her first year on Township Committee she founded Montgomery Mosaic, a group allied with the national Not In Our Town (NIOT) movement.

As mayor, she has been working with her fellow elected officials and the municipal staff to address the COVID-19 emergency by protecting the health and safety of all, engaging with small businesses and local organizations, and making sure community members have the resources and information they need.

Dr. Jaffer is also a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University where she teaches courses on South Asian, Islamic, and Asian American Studies. She serves on the board of directors for The New Agenda, an organization that that promotes women’s economic empowerment and combats sexual harassment and sexual assault. She is on the advisory board of Inspiring South Asian American Women (ISAAW), a group dedicated to encouraging civic engagement among South Asian American women in New Jersey. She serves on the advisory board of ARTE: Art and Resistance through Education, a non-profit that promotes human rights education and youth development through the arts.

Dr. Jaffer earned her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and obtained her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University with a secondary field in studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.