Newark Mayor-elect Baraka assembles his transition team

Newark Mayor Elect Ras Baraka today announced the structure of his Transition Team and the Chairs of his Transition Committees. The overall Co-Chairs of the Team are Former Newark Mayor Ken Gibson and Al Koeppe, President and C.E.O., Newark Alliance and Former President and C.E.O., P.S.E. & G.

The committees include Budget and Finance; Public Safety; Education; Housing and Economic Development; Departmental Operations; Executive Recruitment; Workforce Development; Training and Re-entry; Independent Authorities; Arts; Cultural Development; and Tourism; Community Engagement; Recreation; Legal Review; IT Initiatives; Public Health; Environment and Sustainability; and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

“In preparing the transition to Newark’s new administration on July 1st, we have chosen a wide-ranging group of advisors who are experts in their chosen fields,” Baraka said in a statement. “My plan for governing Newark is to build a broad-based movement of all with a stake in the future of our city. This includes business and labor; parents, law enforcement; teachers and students; community and philanthropic groups; colleges, universities, and medical institutions; and more- all working together to transform our city.

“The transition process and the Transition Team are representative of the diversity of Newark,” added the mayor-elect. “It implements our vision of governing with the involvement of those who love Newark and are prepared to work make our city achieve its full potential. Every citizen and stakeholder will have the opportunity to participate in planning Newark’s future direction. Over the next month, we will be holding community meetings and telephone town halls, providing a public-input email address, and launching a Transition Website, all to give people a direct voice in transition planning.

“My campaign was about empowering the people of Newark. I said that “When I become Mayor, we become Mayor. This transition is the first step.”

Co-Chairs of Transition Committee

Ken Gibson, Former Mayor, Newark, N.J.

Al Koeppe, President and C.E.O., Newark Alliance, Former President and C.E.O., P.S.E. and G.

 

Education:

Dr. Marion Bolden, Former Newark School Superintendent

Dr. Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers Newark

 

Housing & Economic Development-

Sam Delgado, Vice President for Externbal Affairs, Verizon N.J.

Richard Cammerrerei, Director of Special Projects, New Community Corporation

 

Public Safety

Dr. Todd Clear, Provost, Rutgers; Former Dean, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Robert Rankin, Former Police Director, Newark N.J.

 

Departmental Operations

 Joel Freiser, Former Director, Newark Urban Enterprise Zone

Karen Hilliard Johnson, Former Project Coordinator, Newark N.J.

 

Executive Recruitment:

 Tracy Munford, Vice President for Community Affairs, Beth Israel Hospital

Jeannine LaRue, Former Vice President for Public Affairs, Rutgers University

 

 Budget

 Tim McDonough, Mayor, New Hope, N.J.

 

 Workforce Development, Training and Re-entry:

Penny Joseph, Vice President for Corporate Outreach, Panasonic

Ken McNamara, President, C.W.A. Local 1037

 

Legal Review

Ed Florio, Partner, Florio and Kenny

Anthony Mack, Partner, Mack and Gil

 

Recreation

Luis Lopez, Principal, Roberto Clemente School

Pat Council, Coordinator of Athletics, Newark Public Schools

 

 Public Health

Dr. John Brennan, President and C.E.O. Beth Israel Medical Center

Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, President, Grassroots Community Foundation

Milly Silva, Executive V.P., 1199 S.E.I.U.

 

 

 

 

Environment and Sustainability

Robin Dougherty, Executive Director, Greater Newark Conservancy

Stephanie Greenwood, Director- Office of Sustainability, Newark NJ

 

IT

Seth Wainer, Senior Technology Advisor, Newark, N.J.

Joel Bloom, President, N.J.I.T.

 

Community Engagement

Junius Williams, Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers University

Raymond Ocasio, La Casa de Don Pedro

 

Arts, Cultural Development, and Tourism

John Schreiber, President and C.E.O., N.J.P.A.C.

Gloria Hopkins Buck, Vice President, Newark Museum Trustees

 

 Independent Authorities

Joseph Garcia, Administrative Law Attorney, Chasan, Leyner abd Lamparello

Bessie Walker, Former Councilwoman, Newark, NJ

Senator Ron Rice

 

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Arthur Cifelli, Former Deputy Director, Port Authority

Gary Love, Vice President, Foreign Auto Processors, Inc.

 

 

Transition Steering Committee

 

Tai Cooper, Director, Spokesperson Ras Baraka for Mayor

Baye Adofo-Wilson, Co-Founder Lincoln Park Cultural District

Chigozie  Onyema, Counsel and co-Director

Analilia Mejia, Director, NJ Working Families Alliance

Linda Carter, Professor, Essex County College, Division of Social Sciences

Frank Baraff, Communications Director

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