Jun 202017

Former United Nations official and long-time Orange resident Margaret Novicki is seeking the nomination of Orange Democrats as their candidate for First Selectman in the November 2017 election.

“I’ve been motivated all my life by wanting to make a contribution for the greater good. I would like to use all the experience I’ve gained over my career to make Orange an even better place to raise our families,” Ms. Novicki said. “I love this town – it’s in my blood – it would be a privilege to serve the Orange community,” she said.

Ms. Novicki has had a long and distinguished career in public service, communications, and management, the experience which she will utilize to lead the Town of Orange. She retired from the UN in May 2017 after serving the organization for 22 years—12 years at UN Headquarters in New York and a decade in four African countries.

She has deep roots in Orange. Her late parents, Ted and Martha Novicki, raised their family in Orange and were active members of Holy Infant Church and the Paugusset Club, and her two brothers and other family members continue to reside in the town.

She lived in Orange for the first 18 years of her life, attending Mary L. Tracy grammar school, Holy Infant Junior High School and Lauralton Hall in Milford. She was admitted to Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1977. She also attained a Master’s Degree from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs in New York in 1979.

In her last post at UN Headquarters before retirement, she headed the Strategic Communications Division, managing 63 UN information offices around the world and leading the Organization’s communications campaigns on key issues, including human rights, sustainable development, climate change, gender equality and peacekeeping.

From 1998 to 2008, Ms. Novicki served the UN in Africa. She headed the UN’s information offices in both Ghana and South Africa. She was the UN’s spokesperson for its 15,000-strong peacekeeping forces in Liberia and Sierra Leone—then the largest peace operations in the world that ended brutal civil wars in the two countries. Based on her peacekeeping experience, she was named UN Special Advisor to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Ghana, providing training to military officers from West Africa. She also headed communications for the UN office on children and armed conflict.

Before joining the UN in 1995, she was for 13 years editor-in-chief of Africa Report, then the leading American magazine on African political and economic development. Over that period, she traveled widely in Africa, reporting on the continent’s post-independence challenges. Ms. Novicki was also a consultant on African issues for several UN agencies, private foundations and organizations.

Ms Novicki moved back to Orange in 2013, where she lives with her husband, Amadou Ndiaye, and their son, Thomas, a 2016 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

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