Catherine Santaiti is a 14-year resident of Somerset County, and has lived in Bernards Township for 8 years with her husband, Matt, and their 2 children. After the 2016 election, sitting around a dining room table Catherine worked with a small group of Bernards Township women to reinstate and reform the Bernards Township Democratic Committee. She currently serves on its executive board as vice chair. Catherine is driven to bring Democratic values and representation to her local government. In the community, Catherine is also a current member of the Bernards Township Municipal Alliance Against Drugs and Alcohol.
She served as the Mount Prospect School PTO co-president (2017-2020) and vice president of fundraising (2015-2017). Formerly, Catherine was a social worker and elementary school teacher. After graduating from Lafayette College, she volunteered with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp in Arizona for one year, working full time at a domestic violence shelter as an advocate for women and children.
For the next two years she continued working at the domestic violence shelter with children through play, music, and art therapies. Catherine earned a masters degree in education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She taught second and fifth grade in the Livingston school district for 7 years before staying home to raise her children. In her free time, Catherine enjoys playing the guitar, being outdoors with her family, and crocheting!