Margaret has been active in Orange politics since retiring from a long career with the United Nations. She was the Democratic candidate for First Selectman in 2017 and is a member of the Orange Democratic Town Committee. She worked on Governor Ned Lamont’s primary campaign and with FightBackCT in the 2018 local and state elections. She is a member of the Orange Community Services Commission and the Rotary Club of Orange.
Margaret grew up in Orange and attended Mary L. Tracy grammar school, Holy Infant Junior High and Lauralton Hall, before getting her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a Masters from Columbia University in international affairs. She then began a career that took her all over the world, first as a journalist and then working for the United Nations.
She has a strong background in public service and communications. Her last job at the UN before retirement in 2017 was Director of Strategic Communications, managing the UN’s 63 information offices around the world and leading communications campaigns on issues ranging from human rights and gender equality to sustainable development and peacekeeping. In addition to working at UN Headquarters for 12 years, she lived and worked in four African countries over ten years, including two that were torn by civil wars. Working in two UN peacekeeping missions, she had first-hand experience with the importance of democratic values and system of government in overcoming conflict and achieving reconciliation.
Margaret moved back to Orange with her family in 2013. After reaching the UN’s mandatory retirement age in 2017, she turned her commitment to public service to the Town of Orange. She lives in Orange with her husband, Amadou Ndiaye, and they have one son, Thomas.
As a candidate for the Board of Selectmen, Margaret believes that there are tremendous opportunities to move the Town of Orange forward. She is a strong proponent of smart and pro-active economic development, with the goal of expanding our grand list and tax base and thereby controlling yearly property tax increases on individual homeowners. She strongly supports helping our seniors to stay in their homes or find affordable alternatives and would like to expand current services on offer to seniors. She believes that sharing resources with neighboring towns is another way to control taxes and supports the creation of a K-12 school district. Environmental sustainability is another of her key priorities, including helping Orange to move forward with the latest green technologies.