About Sheena


Sheena Collum was elected in May 2015 as the 49th Village President of Township of South Orange Village.

She is the first female to hold this role and currently the second youngest female municipal executive in the State of New Jersey.

She concentrated her priorities around comprehensive planning, smart growth and economic development, infrastructure, citizen engagement and volunteerism, and streamlining municipal operations through consolidations, shared services and the expansion of technology. In 2018, Insider NJ named Sheena to the top 100 millennials.

Best known for her outgoing personality and unorthodox management style, Sheena can be found anywhere in town using restaurants for office hours, visiting schools and student groups, stopping by block parties, picking up trash, hosting listening sessions, or walking her Chihuahuas (Kimchi and Chico). She also maintains a robust virtual presence online regularly responding back to community questions, concerns and suggestions whether it be through email, Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor or SouthOrangeOnline. Sheena prides herself on honesty, responsiveness, and collaborative leadership.

As a community activist, Sheena organizes and participates in a series of social justice causes.

During her tenure, she raised more than $150,000 for initiatives including food insecurity in schools, meals on wheels for seniors, hurricane relief, first responders, performing arts, gun control, after school tutoring and activities, voter transportation, and community members in need, to name just a few.

Professionally, Sheena is the Executive Director of the American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter, a statewide planning organization whose mission is to help build stronger, more equitable communities and provide more choices for how people work, live and play while meeting the challenges of both growth and change. In her role, she works regularly with local and state officials, professional and nonprofit organizations, and state and federal agencies on a range of public policy issues affecting New Jersey’s municipalities including smart growth, state and regional planning, aging infrastructure, transportation, public health, sustainability, economic development, redevelopment and affordable housing. Sheena recently received the distinction of being listed as a Power Player in Real Estate on the 2018 ROI Influencers List – one of 10 women statewide to be recognized.

A proud alumnus of Seton Hall University, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in public policy. She’s a second-generation Korean-American and proud daughter of David and Oknan Collum who have been her support system ever since she first announced her candidacy for Board of Education in 4 th grade and later was rejected due to not meeting age eligibility requirements.

In her spare time, Sheena loves spicy Korean food, playing golf, performing a mean air-guitar to loud music when no one is watching, and animals. She is also eager to watch the final season of “Game of Thrones.”

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