Olga Abinader Interviewed on ¿Qué Pasa NJ?

November 2022

Florham Park, NJ – Olga Abinader, Director of Environmental Review and Land Use Planning Matrix), was a guest on ¿Qué Pasa NJ? with host Carlos Medina.

The conversation ranged from Abinader’s journey to America from the Dominican Republic and rise to her leadership role at Matrix. Abinader discussed her responsibilities at the company and how she represents the ‘strong female leadership’ she so strongly admires about working at the firm.

She continued, “My area of expertise is preparing and reviewing environmental impact statements. These are documents that the government and the municipalities require of developers who are pursuing land-use projects… These documents reveal the potential environmental concerns or impacts these projects might have on the local community.”

According to Jayne Warne PE, President, (Matrix) “Olga is an integral member of the Matrix leadership team.  Her insights and perspective enable the company to better position itself with diversity and equality.”

To listen to the show, please click here: https://bit.ly/3VwjgFE

¿Qué Pasa NJ? is a show hosted by Carlos Medina, an award-winning entrepreneur and philanthropist. The show’s goal is to share diverse stories from CEOs, entrepreneurs, business leaders, elected officials, and others from the Hispanic Community and its allies.

About Olga Abinader

Born in the Dominican Republic, Abinader emigrated with her family to Salem, Massachusetts in the early 1990s.  Her family maintained strong connections to their Caribbean heritage by speaking only Spanish at home. As a fully bilingual English and Spanish speaker, Abinader translated for family and friends who had limited English skills. In 1999, Abinader assumed a leadership role in the “La Union Latina” organization, established in 1987 at Salem High School to celebrate Latin-American culture and traditions.  In 2007, Hispanic Business Inc. recognized Abinader as a Winner’s Circle Scholar at the Hispanic Business’ annual Woman of the Year Awards event.

Over the course of her career, Abinader has been honored with recognitions such as: Manager of the Year Award (Joe Salvo Award) at the New York City Department of City Planning, New York, NY (2019); Scholarship Honoree and Guest Speaker at the 5th Annual Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year Awards, Las Vegas, Nevada (2007); Panelist Speaker at the New Jersey Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Art of Being a Modern Latina Event, Lyndhurst, New Jersey (2022); and Podcast Guest and Committee Member for the “Today Is The Day Changemakers” organization, a global digital platform for leaders making a significant positive societal impact (2022) and Crain’s New York Business, ‘2022 Notable Hispanic Leader’.

Abinader also gives her time to W.I.D.E. (Womxn for Inclusion, Diversity + Equity), a group that promotes the inclusion and equality of all people through education and community outreach in rural communities of upstate New York.

As the former Director of the Environmental Assessment and Review Division with the NYC Department of City Planning, Abinader led hundreds of active City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) applications to support transit-oriented growth, housing production and affordability, economic development, and resilient and sustainable communities across NYC.  Abinader received her Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Brown University.

About Matrix New World Engineering

Matrix New World Engineering is a company of engineering and science experts who focus on some of the nation’s most pressing long-term challenges, including climate change, resiliency, ecological restoration, contamination studies, water supply, disaster response, and urban revitalization. Matrix believes solving environmental challenges through careful planning and engineering is an indispensable measure of success.

Matrix is a growing woman-owned business with offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona, and Louisiana coupled with project experience throughout the United States and the Caribbean. For more information on the firm, please contact: Jayne Warne, President 800.747.MATRIX, [email protected]