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Leadership Newark Hosts Second Annual Public Policy Summit Theme is Newark in Action: Educate. Engage. Empower.

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On Saturday, June 6, 2015, Leadership Newark, a fellowship program for professionals, will host the Second Public Policy Summit at the Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers University-Newark. The theme, Newark In Action: Educate. Engage. Empower. allows stakeholders to have in-depth discussions about education and public safety with industry experts and advocates.

“Our second Leadership Newark Public Policy Summit focuses on education and public safety. It will give Newark stakeholders a forum to debate and share knowledge about the ways these two critical issues are having an impact on Newark and other urban communities,” said Celia King, Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Newark, a two-year fellowship program for qualified professionals committed to the Greater Newark community. The program provides a forum for participants to debate and discuss public policy issues, which directly impact the community.

The Lead Newark 2015 Public Policy Summit will be held on Saturday, June 6 in the Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers Newark, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets to the Summit cost $60 and include lunch. To register in advance, please visit Leadership Newark’s website. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.

“Our 2015 theme, Newark In Action: Educate. Engage. Empower. reflects our belief that collective action is a powerful tool that is making The City of Newark a better place for the hundreds of thousands of people who live, work, and visit Newark every day. At the Summit this year, attendees will have the opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns and more importantly, solutions to the problems that face urban America,” said King.

Summit speakers include: Ryan Haygood, President & CEO of The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice; Lauren Wells, Education Advisor to the City of Newark;

Marcia Wilson Brown, Vice Chancellor for External Relations and Governmental Affairs at Rutgers-Newark; Roland Anglin of the Cornwall Center, Rutgers University; Todd Clear, Provost of Rutgers-Newark; Lori-Scott Pickens, Director of Community Outreach/Community-Based Learning at the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) at Rutgers-University Newark; Ingrid Johnson, Chair of the Newark Reentry Advisory Board; Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, Health and Community Wellness Director for The City of Newark; Reuben Teague, Director of Impact Investments at Prudential Financial, Inc.; Dale Robinson Anglin, Senior program officer with the Victoria Foundation; and Mahako Etta, Program Manager at the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University-Newark.

Notable alumni from Leadership Newark include Baye Adofo Wilson, Deputy Mayor and Director of Economic and Housing Development for the City of Newark; L. Grace Spencer, J.D, Assemblywoman, Legislative District 29; Cecil Lawrence “Larry” Crump, First Assistant Corporation Council for the City of Newark’s Department of Law; Irene Cooper-Basch, Executive Officer of Victoria Foundation; Karen Thomas, Ph.D, CEO and Founder of the Marion P. Thomas Charter School; Kitab Rollins, Manager of Programming for NJPAC; Roberto Cabanas, Lead Organizer for New Jersey Communities United; Holly Kaplansky, Owner of Minutemen Press; and Anthony Smith, Executive Director of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District.

Partners for the Newark In Action: Educate. Engage. Empower. Summit include Prudential Financial, Inc., Rutgers University, PSEG, The Newark Alliance, The Victoria Foundation, Berkeley College, Wells Fargo, The Newark Charter School, Verizon, The Schumann Fund for New Jersey, University Hospital and the United Way.

About Leadership Newark

Leadership Newark was born out of a desire to strengthen the City of Newark’s civic infrastructure. To date, the organization continues to create a network of emerging leaders with the drive, knowledge, skills and connections needed to improve Newark’s future.

Leadership Newark attracts those in the prime of their career, and builds a strong base of funding from foundations, corporations, businesses, and individuals with an interest in the future of Newark.

For additional information on Leadership Newark, please visit

Leadership Newark

*Irene M. O’Brien

*Mark A. Chaplin
American International Group

Hon. Claude A. Coleman, J.S.C
Superior Court of New Jersey, Retired

Steven J. Diner, Ph.D

Stephen Genzer, Esq.
Saul Ewing, LLP

*W. Stan Holland
Berkley College, Newark Campus

Barbara E. Kauffman
Newark Regional Business Partnership

M. Cristina Martinez
Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

Kimberly McLain
Foundation for Newark’s Future

Tanya Y. Mitchell, CPA
Newark Alliance

*Karen O. Moore
Prudential Financial

Raymond Ocasio
La Casa de Don Pedro, Inc.

Robert S. Steinbaum, Esq.
New Jersey Law Journal

Mildred C. Crump
Newark Municipal Council

*Anibal Ramos, Jr.
Newark Municipal Council

Celia M. King, MPS
Chief Executive Officer

*Laureen Delance, MPA
Deputy Director of Programs

Alison Fernandez
Project Manager

* Alumni

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