Alex Torpey, 23, has lived in South Orange for about 13 years, growing up in the Montrose section and now living on first street in downtown South Orange. Alex acquired his B.A. in the Political Science of American Law and Government from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he served as student government president for two terms and worked for the school newspaper and radio station. He also founded Hampshire's Public Safety and Health Committee, Hampshire’s tennis team, and was involved with the founding of the Department of Public Safety’s student security program. He is currently completing a master of public administration program in emergency management and counter-terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Through his ownership of Veracity Media, a small consulting business focused on new media and technology, Alex has become increasingly involved in the new media field over the years. He has been invited to give lectures, (Most recently at the Hoboken Technology Meetup) has published professional articles, regularly attends conferences, and helped connect professionals in the field through his collaborative ‘New Media New Jersey.’
Between work with his own company and in the office of a state assemblyman, Alex has had the opportunity to learn from and build positive relationships with officials from local, county, state and federal levels of government.
Alex re-invigorated South Orange’s CERT program, serves as an active member as a volunteer EMT with the South Orange Rescue Squad, and helps connect the S.O. Library to residents through social media as a trustee on the library board.
Alex is an avid reader, writer, hiker, photographer, hobby tennis player and drummer who can often be found in his free time camped out in the local Starbucks with a stack of books about constitutional government, history or quantum physics. A graduate of Columbia High School (2005), he and his family lived in Maplewood for 10 years before moving to South Orange 13 years ago.