As Chief Governance Officer for South Jersey Industries, Gina Merritt-Epps provided general legal counsel to SJI and its subsidiaries and was responsible for corporate governance and the overall corporate secretary function.
Gina first joined SJI in 2006 as Director of Legal Affairs. Through her hard work and commitment to success, she progressed quickly and, in 2009 was appointed Corporate Counsel and Secretary. She was elected to her current positions in 2012. Prior to working at SJI, Gina was employed as Assistant County Counsel for the Atlantic County Department of Law.
An alumna of Pennsylvania State University, Gina earned her undergraduate degree in political science and also holds a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Gina is member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Energy Bar Association, and the American Association of Blacks in Energy. She also serves on the American Gas Association’s Legal Committee. She formerly served on the District I Ethics Committee for the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the Board of Directors for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the New Jersey Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointment Committee for
Atlantic County, and the Atlantic County Bar Association.
Her passion for giving back to the community is reflected in Gina’s service to a number of civic and community organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of Atlantic County and is a charter member of its Women’s Leadership Initiative, is a board member of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism, is a board member of the Forum of Executive Women, is a member of Corporate Counsel Women of Color, and is the New Jersey State Director of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Gina recently served on the Board of Trustees for AtlantiCare Foundation and chaired the Foundation’s Subcommittee on Diabetes.