Meet the Members


Council member, Rebecca Escobar


Rebecca Escobar was elected to the New Brunswick City Council in 2010 and served as Vice President from 2011 through 2012.  She served as council president from 2013 through 2014; and started her second term in the Council in January 2015.

Rebecca started her career in community service in 1987, when she was a Teacher’s Aide, Hispanic Homeless Case Manager, Housing Specialist and Family Life Worker for PRAB.  She became a Community Relations Specialist for the New Brunswick Police Department’s Community Partnership Program in 1993.  Rebecca took a position in 1998 with the Community Health Promotion Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where she assisted in the implementation and design of culturally sensitive health education programs.  Rebecca then entered the area of youth advocacy in 2007, when she coordinated Project Connect, a program that facilitated and fostered collaborations with youth service providers, law enforcement and educators to work with at risk and court involved youth in the City of New Brunswick. Rebecca served as the Director of the Youth Services Program at PRAB developing programs designed to provide City youth with the opportunity to engage in activities that foster and promote positive attitudes, behaviors, educational, social and life skills.

Rebecca currently serves as the Program Director at Youth Advocate Programs – Middlesex County (YAP). YAP is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization exclusively committed to the provision of community-based alternatives to out-of-home care through direct service, advocacy and policy change. YAP’s mission is to provide individuals who are, have been or may be subject to compulsory care with the opportunity to develop, contribute and be valued as assets so that communities have safe, proven effective and economical alternatives to institutional placement.


Council President, Kevin P. Egan

Kevin Egan is a lifelong resident of the city of New Brunswick, where he resides with his wife, Susan, and their two children, Lindsay and Colin. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s Grammar and High School, New Brunswick.

Kevin is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Management and Labor Studies.

Kevin is also a graduate of the IBEW-NECA Certified Apprenticeship Program. He is a member of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 456. He has served on various committees and assignments for the local union which covers approximately 18 counties in New Jersey with inside and outside electricians. He is currently a Business Representative and serves as a Trustee on the Pension and Annuity Funds for the local.

As part of his civic involvement, Kevin has served on the Board of the New Brunswick State Theatre, New Brunswick Parking Authority, and the Middlesex County Tax Board. He is also a member of The New Brunswick Elks #324 and the New Brunswick Knights of Columbus Council # 257.

Council Member, Elizabeth Sheehan Garlatti

Elizabeth (Betsy) Sheehan Garlatti was born and raised in New Brunswick. Both her father, Daniel M. Sheehan, Sr. and her mother, Patricia Q. Sheehan have served the City as elected officials and she is proud to carry on their tradition of public service. She is married to Louis A. Garlatti, Jr. and they have one son, Peter.

Betsy graduated from Benedictine Academy in 1976. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and her Master of Arts from Rutgers University in 1982. She worked for ten years at Rutgers University in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs. Betsy joined Governor Florio’s administration in 1991 and served as Policy Advisor for Higher Education and Science & Technology. In 1994 she was recruited by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine to start up the Office of Sponsored Programs Services. Betsy served as the Executive Director of the Child Health Institute of New Jersey till October 2006. Besty currently works as the Director; Finance & Research at NJ Commission on Higher Education.

Councilwoman Garlatti was appointed to the City Council to fill an unexpired term in January 2004 and subsequently elected to a full, four-year term.



Council Vice President Glenn Fleming

Glenn J. Fleming, Sr., was appointed to the New Brunswick City Council to fill out the term of Councilman Jimmie Cook in July 2012.  He was elected to a full term on the Council in November 2012.

Glenn is an educator with 16 years experience.  He currently is a teacher in the Hamilton Township Public School District where he teaches social studies, economics and law.  He is also responsible for educating special needs children.

An Elder and Ordained Minister with the Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Brunswick, Glenn has worked to improve the spiritual and social fabric of the community.

He has served as Head Varsity and Assistant Coach in basketball, football, tennis and fencing, and has received “Coach of the Year” honors several times.

Glenn has a B.A. degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in Law and African American Studies from Upsala College in East Orange, NJ.



Council Member, John Anderson

John A. Anderson is a life-long resident of the City of New Brunswick.  He attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, St. Joseph High School in Metuchen and graduated from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City with a B.A. in History and received a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.

While growing up in New Brunswick, John worked at his grandparents bakery, Throop Ave Pastry Shoppee/Bausch’s Bakery, was a City parks counselor, a library bookmobile driver and recreation supervisor.

John did his student teaching at New Brunswick High School and went on to teach and coach at St. Peter’s High School and St. Peter’s Elementary School.  He also taught and coached at St. Mary’s Elementary School New Monmouth and Mater Dei High School in New Monmouth and served as Athletic Director and Assistant Principal.

In 1996, John was appointed Assistant Principal at his alma mater, St. Joseph High School, was named Principal in 2006 and became Assistant to the President in 2015 where he continues to serve.

John served as a commissioner on the New Brunswick Parking Authority and is a member and former Grand Knight of the New Brunswick Knights of Columbus #257 and is the current president of the Columbian Club Foundation.  He is also a member of the New Brunswick Elks Lodge #324 and a member of a New Brunswick softball team, the Aztecs.