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Nina M. Wells

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Government Appointee
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Grand Cayman
Favorite Quote:
You Only Live Once.

Birthplace

Born:
9/9/1950
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Government Appointee
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Grand Cayman
Favorite Quote:
You Only Live Once.

Birthplace

Born:
9/9/1950
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Lawyer and state government appointee Nina Mitchell Wells was born in 1950 in Washington, D.C. She attended Immaculate Conception Academy, an all-girl catholic high school, and graduated from there in 1968. Wells then enrolled in Mount St. Joseph College, now Mount St. Joseph University, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1970, she transferred to a women’s college, Newton College of the Sacred Heart, where she received her B.A. degree in 1972. Wells went on to receive her J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1976.

After a brief stay in Los Angeles, California, Wells began her legal career as assistant corporation counsel for the City of Newark legal department. In 1990, Wells served as head of the Division of Rate Counsel in the Department of the Public Advocate while Governor Jim Florio was in office. She then served as vice president and senior attorney at the CIT Group from 1994 until 1996. In 1996, Wells was hired at Rutgers University School of Law and served as the assistant dean for the Minority Student Program. In 1998, she was named vice president of public affairs at Schering-Plough Corporation and president of their philanthropic arm, Schering-Plough Foundation. Wells was then appointed to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine’s cabinet as the Secretary of State of New Jersey in 2006, and served in that position until 2010.

Wells has served on numerous boards including Seton Hall Preparatory School, Newark Day Center and Teach for America. In 2013, she served on the board of trustees of both the Victoria Foundation and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Women’s Association. She received a nomination by President Barack Obama to serve on the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Wells has also been the recipient of several awards and honors such as the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association Women’s Initiative & Leaders in Law (WILL) Platinum Award and the Montclair Art Museum Honoree for Arts Education. Wells has received honorary degrees from Drew University and the College of St. Elizabeth.

Wells and her husband, criminal defense lawyer Theodore Wells, reside in Livingston, New Jersey.

Nina Wells was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 11, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Nina M. Wells' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Nina M. Wells lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Nina M. Wells lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Nina M. Wells talks about her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Nina M. Wells describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Nina M. Wells remembers her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Nina M. Wells describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Nina M. Wells describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Nina M. Wells describes her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Nina M. Wells remembers her summer jobs in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Nina M. Wells remembers modeling for Garfinkel's in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Nina M. Wells remembers modeling for Garfinkel's in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Nina M. Wells describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Nina M. Wells describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Nina M. Wells remembers visiting her parental grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Nina M. Wells talks about her aspiration to attend college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Nina M. Wells describes her social life during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Nina M. Wells talks about her social activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Nina M. Wells remembers dating her husband
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Nina M. Wells remembers transferring to Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Newton Centre, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Nina M. Wells describes her experiences at Newton College of the Sacred Heart
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Nina M. Wells describes her decision to attend the Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Nina M. Wells talks about the early years of her marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Nina M. Wells talks about the differences between law schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Nina M. Wells remembers studying at Langdell Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Nina M. Wells describes her experiences at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Nina M. Wells remembers the first case as counsel to the City of Newark
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Nina M. Wells describes her reasons for moving to Newark, New Jersey, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Nina M. Wells describes her reasons for moving to Newark, New Jersey, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Nina M. Wells describes her role as counsel to the City of Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Nina M. Wells talks about the Garden State Bar Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Nina M. Wells recalls the notable African American lawyers in New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Nina M. Wells remembers the events of the 1970s in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Nina M. Wells describes her role at the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Nina M. Wells talks about the breakup of the Bell system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Nina M. Wells describes her experiences at Bell Communications Research, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Nina M. Wells describes her work with the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Nina M. Wells talks about New Jersey Governor James Florio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Nina M. Wells describes her involvement on charitable boards, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Nina M. Wells describes her involvement on charitable boards, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Nina M. Wells talks about her two-year sabbatical
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Nina M. Wells describes how she came to work for CIT Financial Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Nina M. Wells recalls her assistant deanship of Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Nina M. Wells talks about balancing her career and her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Nina M. Wells describes her position at the Schering Plough Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Nina M. Wells remembers meeting New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Nina M. Wells talks about her relationship with New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Nina M. Wells describes how she became the New Jersey secretary of state
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Nina M. Wells remembers honoring Judge Robert L. Carter
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Nina M. Wells remembers the election of President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Nina M. Wells talks about the political role of the New Jersey Department of State
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Nina M. Wells talks about New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Nina M. Wells describes her experiences as New Jersey secretary of state, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Nina M. Wells describes her experiences as New Jersey secretary of state, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Nina M. Wells talks about the defunding of the New Jersey Network
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Nina M. Wells talks about diversity and segregation in New Jersey
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Nina M. Wells talks about New Jersey politics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Nina M. Wells recalls her appointment to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Nina M. Wells reflects upon her marriage to Theodore V. Wells, Jr.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Nina M. Wells describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Nina M. Wells describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Nina M. Wells reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Nina M. Wells narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Nina M. Wells narrates her photographs, pt. 2