Vin Gopal, an Indian American entrepreneur and Monmouth County (N.J.) Democratic Committee chairman, was recently named by PolitickerNJ to its 2015 top 100 “Power List.”
The list ranks the strongest people in the labor movement in New Jersey, and does not include any elected officials, judges or former governors. The list recognized the cream of the crop among chief-of-staff, operative, lobbyist, labor leader, activist, organizer, lawyer, party chairperson, reporter, fundraiser, pastor, professor, teacher and mentors in the state. It is scientifically generated, corresponding to the structure of power as it exists in the state, according to PolitickerNJ.
Gopal came in at No. 94 on the list. Writing about him in the list, PolitickerNJ said Gopal is “a rising star in his party.” It added that “Gopal has little raw chairman’s power in his home county, where Republicans own the freeholder board. But the charismatic chair has worked as hard as anyone in the state developing alliances statewide and has deep roots in the Indian American community, one of the largest growing demographics in the state.”
Gopal was born and raised in Monmouth County, where he has been the Democratic chairman since 2012. Additionally, he is an entrepreneur and business development professional.
A political science graduate at Penn State University, Gopal has served in various leadership roles prior to assuming the chair position in Monmouth County.
He is currently the president of marketing and creative design agency Direct Development LLC. In addition to being part of the Power List this year, Gopal was on the list at No. 96 last year.