Arline Simpson Seidman

Arline Simpson Seidman

Arline Simpson Seidman was born in the Bronx and graduated from Central Commercial High School. She opened her own personnel agency, Arline Simpson Associates, in 1980. She was past chairwoman of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRC) and one of the longest-standing members of the Bergen County Workforce Investment Board. Arline was a life member of the National Council of Jewish Women and was devoted to Jewish causes. She also was a passionate advocate for people with disabilities.

She was a loyal member of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce for over 25 years, chairing just about every committee they had before later being elected to the Board of Directors and, eventually, unanimously voted to be the Board’s Chairwoman. Arline was a great businesswoman and the quintessential networker, always taking the time to get to know anyone from whom she accepted a business card – regardless of how small or large their business was.

More importantly, Arline was a woman of conscience. She cared deeply about those who could not help themselves and made sure the MRC never lost focus of the importance of being a community catalyst. She championed issues like affordable housing and spent time serving food in shelters, often bringing a homeless person into her home for a good cooked meal. Arline brought out the best of humanity in every breath she took.

She passed after a battle with cancer in 2007.